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Great Falls National Park

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Address: 9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA 22102
Phone Number: 703-285-2965
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Activities: People-watching, White-water rafting
Description: An 800 acre park located just off the Potomac river.

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Extraordinary scenery and outdoor activities

We've been here many times. The scenery is great, especially in late spring during a rainy year. The water become mountainous in spots - truly huge! I agree with other posters who... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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McLean, Virginia
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McLean, Virginia
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74 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We've been here many times. The scenery is great, especially in late spring during a rainy year. The water become mountainous in spots - truly huge! I agree with other posters who recommend getting to the park early or on off days. It can definitely get busy during peak days and hours. Some of the best time I've had there... More 

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McLean, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

It was more than 5 years ago since the last time i used the main entrance of this park. Saturday, August 29 was the reason why it took that long for me to come back and never again. I live 9 miles away and waited 30 minutes to get into the park. Customer Service was terrible when i tried to... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Great VIEWS of the Potomac River, Waterfalls....Great Hiking! Rangers are Friendly And Knowledgeable....Will Go Back!

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Oakton, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

What a beautiful local park. Walking trails, the falls, nature - what more could you ask for? When my mother was alive, she so enjoyed going to this park for a picnic with us, where we could also take our dog on a leash. Relaxing and beautiful.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I am wrting this having been on line to get into the park 25 minutes at 4 pm on a Saturday . . .I am sure the park is great . . If you make it through the line.

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Great place to spend the day when the weather is nice, large picnic areas, snack bar, restrooms and miles of interesting and scenic trail along the river. Parking lot gets full on nice weekends and $10 per car is a bit steep. We sometimes like to go upriver to free parking at Riverbend park and walk down to Falls.

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Easton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

The overlook points of the falls, the views of the Potomac, and the hiking trails were all excellent. I recommend allotting enough time for your visit to fully hike some of the trails, especially down by the river.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Shown below are results of my visits of the 2 Great Falls National Parks, one located in Potomac, Maryland while the other is in McLean, Virginia. MARYLAND SIDE: Short and easy walk to the Great Falls Overlook (7-10 minute walk from the Visitor Center). Boat Ride with the Mules on Fridays to Sundays along the Canal and Locks. Great Falls... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

It is not far from Washington D.C., on the Potomac river which downstream is going through DC. Beautiful nature and place where you can see the Potomac river not deep and not wide but very developed, fast and with a lot of small watefalls. Very enjoyable place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

My wife and I visited this park when on vacation. A beautiful place to hike over 3 miles of hiking trails. Beautiful views of the falls and White water of the Potomac River. Fairly easy to hike. Bring the kids and your dogs if you have them. Trash is not allowed in the park. What you bring in you must... More 

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