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Great Falls Park

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“potomac river”(125 reviews)
“visitor center”(70 reviews)
“hiking trails”(45 reviews)
An 800 acre park located just off the Potomac river.
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22102-1019
+1 703-757-3101
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stunning water falls as the water gushed through, over rocks in a torrent. As it was raining today it sure was doing a lot of gushing! There’s a nice walk along the tow path and a good boardwalk you can do on a less wet...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 854DP
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely my favorite place to take out of town visitors. Spectacular. Easy to get to by car. Allow a couple hours to hike around. Wear comfortable shoes.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank theinformedtraveler
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can approach the falls from both sides of the Potomac River, the Virginia side or the Maryland side. Both offer great views and are worth the visit. The best time to go to the falls is when the water level is not at its...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Whether you are out of town visitors or local residence, This is a great place to visit for hiking and photograph the Potomac river. Bring your family and your dogs too, it’ll be fun. Every time I visit here, there are always lots of people,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Grace C
Reviewed November 8, 2018

Great Falls is so much more than any picture can depict. It is a masterpiece of nature. The park is lovely to visit and the three vantage points are just wonderful. Take time to walk the other trails as well.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank HolyCityTravelers
Reviewed November 6, 2018

It is a really nice hiking area. The falls is a plus. It offers spectacular views. I have been here twice and plan to go there again. I highly recommend this park if you are anywhere near.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank AEE74
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Any time of year, it is worth the trip. Super busy during weekends in the fall, spring and summer. Spectacular in its own right in the winter. Picnics, history, hiking, just watching the falls... a great place. Don't forget to take note of the "high...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank pditisontheroad
Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

If you're ever in the Northern Virginia area, you have to see this place. Make a day of the Extraordinary views in this park. It has great things to offer. The kids and pets love this place. You can picnic, cookout, hike, and take beautiful...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank coreyward829
Reviewed October 31, 2018

I had always wanted to stop here, and finally had the chance to do so. It is amazing that such an impressive natural wonder is so close to Washington DC and yet the Falls and the surrounding area is wonderfully preserved in a beautiful greenway....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jlava88
Reviewed October 30, 2018

Even the road to Great Falls is beautiful, first with many lovely homes, and then with the forest. With my lifetime national park membership, we didn't have to pay to enter. We were there on a Saturday and it was quite busy, with families and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Nancy B
August 2, 2018|
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Response from Wanita N | Reviewed this property |
Nearby 3miles, 10 min , on Georgetown pike is a small shopping center with a grocery store and some restaurants. It's Called the village centre. And as others have noted the park concessions are pretty good. Remember this... More
Nancy B
August 2, 2018|
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Response from kling167 | Reviewed this property |
We saw several groups picnicking just east of the visitors center. As far as shopping for food we drove by a couple of stores 10-15 minutes from the entrance. We didn’t see anywhere that sold concessions in the park.
Jose A
October 16, 2017|
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Response from JoyandDen | Reviewed this property |
Not 100% sure, there were areas with seating and tables and I think BBQ's, I would ring and check with them so that you are not disappointed. Lovely place to visit!!