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Great Falls Park

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Address: 9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22102-1019
Phone Number: +1 703-285-2965
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An 800 acre park located just off the Potomac river.

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I stopped here after visiting Arlington National Cemetery in August of 2016. While it was supposed to be a 45 minute trip, it took almost 2 hours to finally reach the park... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Schellsburg, Pennsylvania
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42 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The falls is picturesque. But I was expecting a greater drop off at the falls. Maybe it was because it has been dry and not much rain. There were a lot of people walking on the trail. A few people were biking. You had to stay alert and watch for others on the trail.

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New York City, New York
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115 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I stopped here after visiting Arlington National Cemetery in August of 2016. While it was supposed to be a 45 minute trip, it took almost 2 hours to finally reach the park. There was a 1 hour back up at about 3pm just to travel the final half mile of the drive. But the park was very nice. There are... More 

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Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This past week my husband had to work up in DC. Since I had the long weekend off I joined him knowing we would only have a day or two for leisure time. I had read great reviews about this park and I am happy to report we were not let down. We visited the park the Saturday after Thanksgiving... More 

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Vienna, Virginia
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A magical place. Easy strolls to overlooks of the falls and river, nice trails for more adventurous hikes but not strenuous at all. Great history about how the canal led to discarding the Articles of Confederation and formation of our Constitution.

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Northern Virginia, Virginia
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Clear sunny day, early Fall, temps in the mid 50's. A slight breeze blowing through the half bare limbs of the deep forest that surrounds the rock gorge from which the Great Falls are cut! Wow, what incredible scenery and wildlife. And the river plays a beautiful symphony of the water crashing over the rocks!

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So, this park really is in the heart of Northern Virginia and you rarely hear people talking about it. This is a great place to hike, watch kayak'ers shoot the Falls or to have a cookout. While there, take due note of the totem pole that marks the high water marks from various floods during past years. It really is... More 

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Saint Louis, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Great Falls park is a nice park if your looking for a good view on the falls and river. Plenty of vultures makes it lively and the hiking trail is interesting. Good colors during fall!

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Thank Loïc S
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is something about water that is both cleansing and energizing. When that water is flowing through the craggy rock formations of the Potomac, cascading in multiple water falls, at the same time churning up white water rapids, it elevates you above and beyond time, schedules, responsibilities and deadlines. Easy to access, and with a Sr. National Park Pass -... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the definite highlights in the DC adjacent area. A bit hard to get to without a car but worth the effort if you want to combine public transport with a taxi or uber to the park itself. the falls are amazing and there is some fantastic walks in the area as well.

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Oakton, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am not a native Virginian & this was such a pleasant surprise! Also, you can bring your dog along - they love the environment too. Of course, you must keep your dog tethered & you need to pick up any poop, etc. The first time I went was on Mother's Day with my youngest son, & we took our... More 

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