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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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Nice Park!

Have been there many times with friends and family for picnics or hiking. Nowadays it's pretty crowded (at least, last summer had to circle around 20 minutes for parking). The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Have been there many times with friends and family for picnics or hiking. Nowadays it's pretty crowded (at least, last summer had to circle around 20 minutes for parking). The view is pretty nice!

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Sue and I went to see the fall colors in Great Falls Nat'l Park, the Maryland Side. We live in Maryland and I had not seen it, having lived here for the past 20 years! It was easy to get to for us. We brought a picnic lunch, and found plenty of places to sit at. The view of the... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

A great way to spend a couple of hours on a nice summer morning! Heavy rain from two nights ago really churned up the water. PS..There is NO crossover from Virginia to Maryland! No longer affiliated with The Great Falls Tavern/Chesapeake and Ohio National Historical Park in Maryland! Would be a long drive via the beltway to get there!

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Fort Worth, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I've been coming to this park for 30+ years . . . both as a one-time resident of the area, and as a tourist. The views are always enjoyable. This is a great place for a quick stop or a half-day retreat.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Make sure you go for a hike and not just to the three overlooks. A pretty place to enjoy nature. Not only did we see beautiful waterfalls, we also saw a variety of birds! Highly recommend.

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McLean, Virginia
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Just a great experience!!!! I visit this park a lot for hiking, just walking and relaxing by the falls. Or just walking by the river and its beautiful sights!! Will never stop visiting great falls park.

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

First time to a park we picked out of the blue on the way home. Nice and easy to take a stroller, got to get some memorable family photos at the outlooks. Next time we'll bring a picnic lunch and stay a little longer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

The great Falls were beautiful! With all the rain we have gotten the last few days, the falls were epic! Make sure to view all three of the observation decks. Each deck gives you a different view of these spectacular falls! Also make sure to visit the visitors center. It's small, but very informative. There are also various trails to... More 

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Rockville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

I never get tired of Great Falls. There are great walks both long and short. Great access to the water and sights!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

I've been to Great Falls several times over the past few years and love it. You can take an easy or challenging hike, and the views are a wonderful for the city-bound that need a break in nature. They have mountain bike trails for the cyclists and a great picnic area complete with grills and tables. If you head south... More 

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Address: Address: 9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA 22102
Phone Number: 703-285-2965
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Fairfax County  >  McLean

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