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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: White-water rafting, People-watching
Description: An 800 acre park located just off the Potomac river.

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I imagine if I was going there for the first time and had no idea where I was, and saw the falls and the rapids, I would assume I was in Colorado or, possibly, Alaska.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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Great Falls, VA
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Great Falls, VA
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78 reviews 78 reviews
10 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I imagine if I was going there for the first time and had no idea where I was, and saw the falls and the rapids, I would assume I was in Colorado or, possibly, Alaska.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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165 reviews 165 reviews
86 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

was here 2nd week of january 2015 and it was freezing cold, snow allover, swamp water are frozen, the falls itself producing cold mist, very few people around, I wonder how it would be like during the summer. I enjoyed the drive going and back this park as big mansions were so beautiful along the way. It's best for families,... More 

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McLean, Virginia
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70 reviews 70 reviews
7 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Who'd have thought there was such beautiful nature so close to DC? Well worth the trip. Great walks - long or short - and spectacular views of the Potomac in full flow.

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McLean, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

We were amazed the first time we went here. If you want to have a break from the city, it is a great place for short hikes, a picnic, or just view the amazing falls.

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McLean, Virginia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
21 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

I have been to Great Falls National Park several times over the years and each visit has been based around a school trip, company meeting or group outing. My initial visit years ago was interesting - but subsequent visits were fine but did not yield any additional excitement. First time visitors will see some great views of the Potomac River... More 

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Severna Park, Maryland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The overlooks are right near the visitor center. Two of the three are very stroller, handicapp accessible. We enjoyed climbing rocks like spider monkeys, as my kids are 11, 14, and 16. The photo ops are staggering. You can hardly believe the views are the eastern mid-atlantic region. Go early as there is one way in and the line was... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Let me start off by saying I have lived in the area for over 15 years and just recently visited this park. Park is very clean and very well-maintained. The park is beautiful and I highly recommend to go during the warm summer months and not in February. You will have a fun time walking the trails and taking pictures.

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Rockville, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

If you want to relax and be with nature, this is the place to go any time of the year. The sound of cascading water is very therapeutic whether you are savoring the view or hiking the scenic trails. Both MD and VA sides are equally astounding. On VA overlook, you can see the waterfalls drop while on MD you... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

We have a yearly pass to the park and come here regularly. It is a great place to hike, enjoy nature, have a picnic. The trails are well-marked, the falls are always impressive, and it is a beautiful area.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This place isn't that far from the city, yet once you get here you feel so far away. It is peaceful and beautiful. Their is a walking path near the water. The overlook could be built better. It has places that are difficult to walk, but the view from the overlook is amazing. The falls are worth visiting and certainly... More 

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