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Gulf Branch
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Country United States
State Virginia
County Arlington County
Physical characteristics
River mouth Potomac River
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Gulf Branch is a stream in Arlington County, Virginia. From its source southwest of the Gulf Branch Nature Center, Gulf Branch flows on a northeastern course and empties into the Potomac River within the Federal parklands of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Gulf Branch is surrounded predominantly by forests.



  • Gulf Branch Forge
  • Robert Walker Log House
  • Gulf Branch Pond
  • Molly Ross Rising Relics, outdoor art display
  • Gulf Branch Nature Center, features exhibits on local wildlife and local Native American history
  • Potomac River Trail, parallel with the stream, begins across from the Gulf Branch Nature Center
  • Potomac Palisades, includes a 30-foot drop in the stream just prior to its confluence with the Potomac
  • Potomac Heritage Trail, perpendicular to the stream, crosses between the Palisades and the Potomac
  • Gulf Branch Bouldering Area

Roadway crossings

  • Military Road
  • George Washington Memorial Parkway

Rock Climbing

A small climbing area with roughly 15 climbs is located at the mouth of the stream, where Gulf Branch feeds into the Potomac, near the Potomac Palisades

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