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Great Falls Park

9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA 22102
703-285-2965
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Ranked #1 of 14 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

I love visiting Great Falls on gorgeous fall days! There are tables conveniently located by the entrance, perfect for an ideal picnic. However, they have this ridiculous new rule where they have NO trash bins anywhere; I think to prevent unwanted wildlife from stopping by. Aside from the picnic area, the pathways along the falls are easy to follow and... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This park has nice paved walkways and some rougher boulders to climb on if you'd like to get a little more exercise or wear out the kids. NOT a long hike to the great view of the falls. My favorite outdoor activity close to D.C.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Great Falls Park is less than 30 mins from DC and is reasonably priced at $5 per vehicle. You can hike, picnic or just walk a short discount to check out the three "overlook" areas. You can see the falls in less than an hour. Very pretty. Great photo opportunities. Worth the ride from DC. Ample parking. Bring your own... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Great Falls is a great historic park and always full of scenery. If you come here in the fall or spring when the leaves are changing it's extremely beautiful and you will enjoy your stay or walk.

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Frankfurt, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We visited the great falls on my first day here in the DC area and it is a really nice park. Big picnic area - family friendly.

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Arlington, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I live about 20mins from Great Falls Park and have had an annual pass for the last two years. I typically take the River Trail most trips because it runs right along the river and you get some pretty beautiful views. The closer you are to the Visitors Center on the trails the more people there are along the pathways... More

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New Haven, Connecticut
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This is just a perfect place for some quality time with nature away from the hustle and bustle of DC traffic and crowd. I love the sound of waterfall and I am so glad it is so near our place and is a perfect gateway. It looks like a perfect place to throw a picnic party at the park.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 via mobile

Recently went to great falls park as part of my running group , the trail runs from Riley's lock in Maryland to Great Falls Park. Nice flat trail on gravel with a wonderful view from the overlook at mile 9. Less biker traffic than capital crescent trail.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Great Falls Park, on the Virginia side of the Potomac Gorge, is an excellent place to go hiking alone or with friends, but be warned, it can get super crowded when the weather is exceptional and on the weekends, so plan to get there early - meaning by 8 a.m. - and you will have a better time. The visitor's... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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34 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The views of the falls are very nice. It's a good place to have a nice picnic.... It gets crowded on weekends.

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