See the Potomac River Yellow Falls on Video

Ok, I haven’t seen the Yellow Falls on the Potomac River yet but I will. I wanted to know what to expect at the end of the hike to the Potomac River. I did a search on Google and found tow videos on Youtube. Presenting the Yellow Falls:

and video 2


This confirms the Yellow Falls are the smallest falls in the state of Maryland and maybe the hardest to get to. I think I have a whitewater kayaking class in my future.

Maryland Waterfalls Project

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Finding Yellow Falls II – Follow the Purple and Yellow Trails

Scotts Run Trail Map (Partial)I explained my approach to seeing Yellow Falls in my first post about Yellow Falls. I will try to see the falls by getting as close to the Potomac River on the Virginia side with a good camera.

I can get access to the river from the Scotts Run Nature Preserve. Scotts Run has a system of trails that will take you all the way to the river but I needed to find the best path. (I don’t want to get lost!)

Well, I have my path mapped! I will park in the same parking lot off Georgetown Pike. Go up the steps to the Parking Lot Connector Trail (Purple). Follow the Parking Lot Connector Trail to the Stubblefield Falls Overlook Trail (Yellow). Take the Stubblefield Falls Overlook Trail all the way to the Potomac River. The trip is planned for next week. Wish me luck!

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Finding Yellow Falls I – The Trails of Scotts Run

Scotts Run Nature Preserve - Fairfax County - VirginiaI explained my approach to seeing Yellow Falls in my first post about Yellow Falls. I will try to see the falls by getting as close to the Potomac River on the Virginia side with a good camera. Well, easier said than done.

Most of the roads that go from Georgetown Pike to the river near Turkey Island are private roads. Each road has a sign warning you, “Private Road, Residences Only” or “No River Access”. I finally found a way to get access to the river, Scotts Run Nature Preserve. (Thank you Fairfax County, Virginia!)

Scotts Run has a system of trails that will take you all the way to the river. The problem is it’s a large system of trails. Miles of trails. Trails crossing in all directions. A person could get lost trying to find the river. Luckily, the trails are color-coded and I found a map!

Scotts Run SignScotts Run StepsThere are two entry points with available parking. I can park my car and climb a set of steps to access the trails. It’s hiking shoes for my next trip. Wish me luck!

 

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Yellow Falls and Turkey Island

Yellow FallsYellow Falls is one of three waterfalls in Montgomery County, Maryland. All three falls located in the county are on the Potomac River.

Yellow Falls are really a set of very small rapids formed when the river bends around Turkey Island. Turkey Island appears to be the best vantage to see the falls but I’m still researching. It looks like a boat ride is in my future if I can’t see the rapids from the Virginia side of the river.

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