Field Trip Oct. 30th

Photography Field Trip to
Great Falls of the Potomac
and the C&O Canal in Maryland
Sunday October 30th

The big trip this fall season is to the Maryland side of the Great Falls of the Potomac/C&O Canal.  The club has been to this location before.  We will carpool from the Camp Hill Giant grocery store parking lot nearest the Arby’s.  We need to leave no later than 6:00 in the morning, since sunrise is around 7:30.  We won’t make it by sunrise, but we will have good light for the morning shoot.

The Maryland side is the best side for photographing the falls.  A look at the Google satellite map reveals a boardwalk with connecting bridges over two islands that ends at a photography platform overlooking the largest section of falls, total length about a half mile.  Access to the Virginia side of the falls is approx. 15-minute drive.  There may be good light in the afternoon to photograph the falls from the Virginia side.

There are several smaller falls to photograph that slot between the islands in the river.  There are many other trails that branch out from the destination and they are varied and most are level.   One follows the river south (that is a strenuous hike) and one north, another follows the canal, one climbs to a higher viewpoint and some are tree-lined paths in the woods bathed in fall colors.

If you get bored with the falls, The Great Falls Tavern built in 1831 sits beside the C&O canal acting as the visitor’s center.  There are several locks and buildings to photograph or you can take a rest on a mule-pulled canal boat ride that lasts one hour and departs at 11, 1:30 and 3:00 for a fee of $5.00/person.

This will be an all day trip with a return to Camp Hill after dark around 9:00.  Suggested items to bring are extra cards for your camera, extra batteries, a polarizing filter, tripod, flash unit, comfortable shoes or hiking boots.  There is a snack bar near the visitor’s center that will be open in October for lunch and refreshments and restrooms at the visitor’s center. The National Park Service fee is $20.00 per car load.  Don’t forget to contribute gas money/park service fee to your driver.

Field Trip Leader - Randal Lathrop (