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Great Falls Park

9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA 22102
703-285-2965
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Ranked #1 of 13 attractions in McLean
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Parks, National Parks, Bodies of Water
Activities: People-watching, White-water rafting
Description: An 800 acre park located just off the Potomac river.
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San Antonio, Texas
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83 reviews 83 reviews
17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Don't miss Great Falls Park if you're in the area - this is one of the most beautiful natural sights in the Eastern US; I remember going for the first time, after living in Northern Virginia for almost three years, and being amazed that nobody had told me to come sooner. The falls are absolutely breathtaking, and there are plenty... More

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CALIF.
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Scenic View of the Falls, Horseback riding trails( take your own Horse). Walking and mountain bike trails. It is best to go during the week. weekends all the DC people come out.

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Great falls Park. Love the prefix of 'great'. I and the wife went on the River trail. It was so worth it. Challenging for the wife nonetheless but worth it Plenty of beautiful scenery we couldn't stop taking pictures. The rock formations, gorges and locks! Spectacular. Went on the swamp trail briefly whilst walking back off the river trail and... More

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Chantilly, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

It doesn't matter what decade or century you are in, or if you are a local resident or not, Great Falls Park is a fabulous place to visit. You can see evidence of old canals, enjoy the rushing Potomac River, watch the kayaks, negotiate the rocky waterway and stand in awe at the high water marks from floods years ago.... More

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McLean, Virginia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We loved the short walk from the car to the views. My sister and I brought our 2 kids that are 4 and 1. We were able to see the main overlooks, and then explore the trails a little bit before the kids got too tired. There are plenty of tables for picnics, and even plenty of rocks along the... More

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San Francisco, California
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105 reviews 105 reviews
29 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I'm embarrassed to say I didn't even know this was nearby Vienna, VA, where I've visited family at least a dozen times. I was looking for things to do to take a mobility-restricted relative out-and-about. The park is such a treat. There are paved or smooth enough walkways/paths for everywhere you need to go to see the falls. Plenty of... More

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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Awesome views of the falls and so easily accessible. Easily mesmerized viewing the falls and crazy kayakers climbing over the rocks to continue upstream - they're absolutely crazy! Excellent trails taking you up close and personal with ruins of old village, canal and lock remnants. This is a must see!! Hint - arrive very early on weekend to avoid long... More

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Falling Waters, West Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

It is always nice to come back to this park when in the Dulles Airport area in Washington for some outstanding hiking. We prefer the Virginia side as it provides more shaded hiking possibilities, the River Trail is the best. Use hiking boots or at the very least trail runners, rough and slippery footing on this trail. Difficult Run trail... More

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Williamstown, New Jersey
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We stopped here on our way to DC after spending hours in the Udvar-Hazy Museum. My kids were NOT in the mood to hike! Fortunately, the falls were just a short walk from the parking area. The view was amazing. I loved it. We plan to go back and actually hike some of the trails. The port-a -potty area was... More

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Plano, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I went there with my sister, brother in law, and nieces who are 4 and 6 years old. We started at the visitor's center. There weren't any indoor toilets there and we had to use the nastiest port-o-johns I have ever smelled or experienced in my life. Not sure why the visitor's center didn't have indoor toilets. There were some,... More

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