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Great Falls Park

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Address: 9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22102-1019
Phone Number: 703-285-2965
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An 800 acre park located just off the Potomac river.

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One of the nicest national parks I've visited. Plenty of walking paths, picnic areas, a nice visitors center, clean facilities, three overlooks to view the falls and lots of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Joseph D
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Northumberland, Pennsylvania
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Northumberland, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

One of the nicest national parks I've visited. Plenty of walking paths, picnic areas, a nice visitors center, clean facilities, three overlooks to view the falls and lots of photography points. Close to large cities and Washington DC. Well worth the visit

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The park has 3 or 4 walkways to different spots along the river banks where beautiful sights of water falling over rocky gorges await you ! Excellent place for a picnic or you can choose to hike / trek through the woods or the trail walk or just sit and watch the Potomac river go over steep jagged rocks resulting... More 

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Stafford, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is great day trip! I took my 3 kids (ages 9,7,4) and we all had a blast. The views were spectacular and the paths were easy and well marked. I love that some place so wild and free and breathtaking is right in the nations capitol.

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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

While it is not the biggest waterfall Great Falls Parks offers a lot more than the waterfall view itself. There are lots of trails from easy to moderate to choose from, and lots of picnic tables for families to relax. Best of all, it is so close to DC and it is very easy to get to with a car!

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We enjoy taking our dog (English Springer Spaniel) to Great Falls Park for long walks in the autumn, winter, and spring! She loves the long trails!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I am no expert when it comes to hiking but Great Falls has trails that are manageable for everyone. Strollers, dogs on leashes, families, etc. It provides great views of the Potomac and fun for the whole family. Go!!!

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Chantilly, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

With access from both VA and MD, Great Falls Park offers great picnic spots, kayaking and simply strolling. I have seen deers there on earlier visits, and always enjoyed the view of "mini" falls. Moreover, the admission is free after 5 pm. In summer, there are still good few hours to enjoy for free. Its a five star attraction right... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Arrived in the morning to take our family and some friends on a nice hike at this beautiful park. We were pleasantly surprised to find that at 10:15 am on a Sunday, that the crowd and parking were relatively light. The trails, which are always well-maintained whenever we visit, were empty so we could keep at our own pace which... More 

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Beersheba, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We made the patowmac trail which is the easiest trail. We did it with 3 kids and stroller. It is accessible and doable with stroller. Very nice view and tables to sit and eat. It is very hard to do in hot day like we did and the visitor center guides was very helpful.

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Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First time to Virginia..what a beautiful state. The Potomac is the jewel . The scene displayed the spectacular array of falls over craggy rocks. . Every picture a postcard.

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