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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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Baltimore, Maryland
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43 reviews 43 reviews
19 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

If you're in DC, Maryland, or Northern Virginia, then you're close by, and it's well worth the visit. It's easy to get to, and the scenery is amazing. Overall, it's a beautiful sprawling park, but the real attraction are the falls. They're awe inspiring! They can be accessed by handicap accessible ramps and overlooks, or you can be more adventurous... More

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Lake Ridge, Va
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

There is Not a lot of nature being this close Washington Dc. This is great for the locals, and travelers will not be disappointed. This park gives you some nice trails to walk along the river. You can go off the path to get more views of the River and falls. In some cases you can do some medium to... More

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We went on a Sunday expecting the lines and crowds to be tolerable. We were wrong. I can hardly enjoy nature in the midst of chaos! That being said, the actual falls are beautiful. Platform 1 is not suitable for kids and the elderly. Platform 2 is best for just relaxing and staring at the waters - my favorite. Reason... More

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POTOMAC FALLS
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Phenomenal views of the Potomac River cascading thru a gorge. Nice hiking trail along the river bank up to RiverBend Park. Entrance fee, unless you park at Georgetown pike lot & hike in or at RiverBend & hike down (about 30 minutes). Seniors age 62+, can get a lifetime National Park pass for $10, good for all passengers in car.

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washington dc
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54 reviews 54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Great Fall Virginia side of the Potomac is a wonderful area for hiking, taking in nature, rock climbing, getting out to enjoy nature. Weekends can be a challenge with parking and people. The views are wonderful and there are many trails to hike. Easy walks to more challenging hikes. I perfer the Maryland side of the river. It has the... More

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Huntsville, AL
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

If your hotel is in Tyson's Corner, this park is less than 4-5 miles away! You must take your family or go with a buddy/solo. One tip, when you park in the main parking lot and if you're looking at the trails..if you go left it will take you to the dam which is scenic but not 'wow' factor, but... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Great views of the falls from the Virginia side. Look for blue herons. Climbing the rocks can be treacherous so firm footing and appropriate shoes are recommended.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Beautiful waterfalls. Note some the viewing platforms require some climbing over large rocks. There are 3 platforms, but I only had time for 1 platform that was closest to the falls. There is a welcome center with portable johns near it. Not sure of the entrance fee as I had a national park pass. The path could be muddy and... More

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Fort Myers, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I came here looking for a good hike, and did the River trail and the Ridge trail, Both were very easy by my standards, and the hardest trails available by theres, Still a good workout! Me and my boyfriend went byond the atypical hiking experiance and went rockclimbing as well here to see some beautiful views both high and low.... More

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Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The main trails are wide and flat; great for family visits. There are picnic areas and several viewing platforms to get a closer look at the falls and, if you're lucky, watch some kayakers manuver their way through them. We had children with us, so our visit was short and restricted to the main trails and visiting center, but there... More

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