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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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Beautiful!

Love coming here. Can't wait for the spring to really come and bring foliage with it. I enjoy just watching the waterfalls and see the river rushing by. When we went, we hiked... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 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 March 24, 2015 NEW

Love coming here. Can't wait for the spring to really come and bring foliage with it. I enjoy just watching the waterfalls and see the river rushing by. When we went, we hiked around for a long time and had a nice picnic. I highly recommend a visit--romantic or otherwise!

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Rockville, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

If you're looking for a place for hiking, picnic or just a stroll, this is the right place. You can bring grandparents, small children, teens and even your dog! We went unfortunately on a hot day but we all had fun.

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My wife grew up near this park, and she loved it so much that we had our wedding there. There are miles of park to explore and if you like hiking or a novice it is right for you. There are some place to rock climb and if you are a thrill seeker ther are the rapids to go down!

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Basking Ridge
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35 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Easy walk through gorges and river channels -- so beautiful and so worth doing again and again! Hard to believe you are so close to DC!

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alexandria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

Great Falls Bational Park is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon! Nice walking trails, rocks to climb. There is even a picnic area. I recommend you wear good sneakers if you hike off the paved trail. Great history!

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Cleveland, OH
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Awesome park with a few miles (maybe more??) of well kept trails. The main trail goes right along the Potomac with beautiful views of the Falls (okay I grew up near Niagara so I would almost call these "rapids"-but still beautiful and impressive). There are frequent scenic overlooks on the riverside, all of which have amazing, breath-taking views of the... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Make the drive outside the beltway and spend the Day at Great Falls. Breathtaking scenery, great walking and hiking trails. Beautiful ride into the park, too.

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Great Falls, VA
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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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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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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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