Fairfax County, Virginia
Accessed via Georgetown PikeView On Black
A mere couple of hundred feet from the hustle and bustle of Monday morning Washington D.C. traffic on Georgetown Pike is this beautiful area. Difficult Run (the name of the stream) is the largest watershed in Fairfax County at roughly 58 square miles; before connecting with the Potomac River at the base of Mather Gorge, Difficult Run narrows and tumbles through cliff lined cascades that are accessible via the Difficult Run trail. I have many childhood memories in this place from hiking with my mother, to mountain biking with my father, and later swimming in caves and underneath waterfalls with friends in the hot summer months. Growing up in Northern Virginia, this area in many ways defined "the outdoors" for me; only later would I become spoiled by living in Western North Carolina!