Last weekend’s wonderful walk through Scot’s Run Nature Preserve begat another one along the Potomac River.
This morning Roberta and I headed over to Carderock, on the Maryland side of the river, about a mile upstream of the Legion Bridge.
Carderock is a neighborhood known best for being the home of one of the Navy’s Surface Warfare Centers. First built in 1938, this one consists of over 100 buildings and is situated between the Clara Barton Parkway and MacArthur Boulevard.
Of course, our interest in a long water basin was located just across the street in the Carderock Recreation Area. It’s part of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park.
Last time I discussed the Potomac Gorge, which runs from Great Falls towards the Legion Bridge. A large part of that gorge is the Mather Gorge. Kayakers love the white waters, although some have perished in the dangerous parts.
We kept things simple and strolled along Part C of the Billy Goat Trail. The rugged beauty of the Potomac contrasts with its smooth flows past Washington and Alexandria. We saw no pools littered with empty water bottles and trash, and heard no roars of jet planes.
All in all, another wonderful walk. Washingtonian, you are duly forewarned...