Great Falls Park

Park, Trail, River
9200 Old Dominion Dr (at Georgetown Pike)
McLean, VA 22102
(703) 285-2965

Tips

  • Enjoy DC Area's very own 20 foot waterfalls at Great Falls National Park
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  • Don't fall in!
  • If it was good enough for George Washington, it's good enough for the rest of us. This is my "back yard".
  • Did you know? From around 8000 BC-1700, the area around Great Falls was an important meeting place for Native Americans, particularly members of the Powhatan Confederacy and the Iroquois Nation.
  • You can park on Stable Lane and walk across MacArthur Blvd to enter Great Falls Park
  • Enjoy the majestic outdoors at this scenic park just outside of DC. There are 3 outlooks for prime viewing, many trails and picnic areas and a helpful visitor center with an interactive museum.
  • Stunning. Bring your camera.
  • Amazing views of the waterfall depending on how far you go hiking!
  • Wonderful trail to hike on. Plenty of opportunistic areas to hike, fish, or kayak on. Great people surrounded by the wonderful wildlife. Careful of copperheads while rock climbing though.
  • Extremely scenic beauty
  • They accept credit cards for the entry fee.
  • River Trail is has a lot of gorgeous stopping points to take in the scenery. Even though it's only a few miles, it will take a while to complete. Don't plan to rush through.
  • Park at Riverbend Park just down the road for free then hike to Great Falls Park via the roughly 2 mile long Mine Run Trail along the river. No fees, same great day!
  • Clamber over rocks and walk as rigorously as you wanttrails vary in difficulty. - June issue 2012
  • 20 foot waterfalls in DC. Who knew?
  • Jump the fence and play on the cliffs. Excellent parkour and freeclimbing to be had!
  • $5 to park or $3 per person if you walk/run there.
  • I parked in the difficult run space off Georgetown Pike. You don't need to pay to get into that one :)
  • Walked for 3 hours all over the park on Sunday. It was amazing! Make sure you were appropriate shoes - saw a bunch of women in sandals and flipflops - you can't climb rocks in those!

Nearby places

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park
1961 Chain Bridge Rd