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Great Falls Park

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Address: 9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA 22102
Phone Number: 703-285-2965
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An 800 acre park located just off the Potomac river.

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Relaxing outdoors experience

We visited Great Falls Park with friends who are local. The park itself is a good size, with a little museum/shop just by the entrance, different trails and you can also kayak or... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Stockholm, Sweden
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51 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited Great Falls Park with friends who are local. The park itself is a good size, with a little museum/shop just by the entrance, different trails and you can also kayak or climb in the park. We paid $10 for our car and there was 4 of us so that was a good deal. We visited on a week... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great Falls is easily one of the best places to spend an afternoon if you're itching to get outside and get some fresh air. It can be very crowded at times - so go early in the morning if you plan on hiking the Billy Goat trail.

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Thank Carley M
Waldorf, Maryland, United States
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I've been here several times over the years and keep coming back. You need to see it at several times of the year at different water levels. Note that parts of the views can be challenging for those less physically able others are wheelchair accessible. Tip summertime it can be very crowded with full parking lots. Also it is $10... More 

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Thank Joe E
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stumbled upon this place after getting off the highway to find a gas station. Boy, were we glad we did! If you're a hiker, or just like beautiful views, this park is the place to go. You can enter through the park, which charges a fee, or there is free parking further along the main road going past the... More 

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Thank 667kathleens
No. Virginia
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great Falls National Park (the Virginia side) offers a mix of viewpoints over the falls and Mather Gorge, where the Potomac descends through a channel cut through the granite--I have heard this is the only class 5 whitewater rapids on the East Coast. Located just a few miles from downtown Washington, D.C., it's an incredible place. The park also has... More 

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Herndon, Virginia
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2016

Over the years, we spent many days exploring Great Falls park. The hiking areas are wonderful but would be different for people with mobility issues. The picnic area is now crowded with large ethnic group picnics, but there is plenty of lawn area for smaller groups to enjoy a picnic.

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Potomac, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

We decided to start our new year with family spending time together outdoors, we visited on New Year's Day. The line to get in and park the car was long, once into the car park we were able to quickly explore the Great Falls Park. Although busy, the atmosphere was extremely peaceful. It would be the perfect place to have... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

i love this park...and have for since 1969... go explore, go spend some time in mother nature... your soul needs it... lots of fun for kids, dogs, wise people and everyone else...

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Davie, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

Just good to see a small waterfall, sorry but I am used to big waterfalls with crystal clear water, so I was kind of disappointed. This one looks dirty. Nice park to do family picnics and trails.

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Thank corelus
Fairfax Station, Virginia
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168 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

February 2015 brought a strong artic chill to Great Falls. For the first time in our forty five years of visiting the falls we found the falls beginning to freeze. Temperatures were approximately 3 degrees F and with the wind chill about -9F. We could only withstand the wind and temperature for about two hours. The air was crisp and... More 

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