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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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Reconnecting with mother nature

This was my first time going to Great Falls with my boyfriend, who has already been. There was a line to get into the park, but it went by pretty quickly. We went to the overlooks... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Lyndy3
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was my first time going to Great Falls with my boyfriend, who has already been. There was a line to get into the park, but it went by pretty quickly. We went to the overlooks and then hiked the entire length of the river trail. I'm not a very physically active person, so climbing over rocks and up steel... More 

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Ahmedabad, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You can take trail up to the River Bend Park form here. It is a very easy trail and will be less than 1hr to reach the park. Trail goes all along the river with beautiful views for photo op.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Our National Park system is one of the true joys of Life in America. This is a small, comfortable park. There are picnic tables and space for children to run, charcoal grills to keep the nourishment on track. There is a small snack bar and a small visitor's center, which is often closed. Walk the short scenic overlooks for. Great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Not far from Washington DC - 45 minutes by car- a nice natural scenery that is worth the detour ! 2 hours are enough to visit the park and don't forget that you can eat snacks in the park....

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Rehweiler, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You should definitely take advantage of this year of visiting parks if you have the Senior pass. This one is a true gem so close to the busy DC area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The bridge over the rapids lets one realize the power of the water that top kayakers must master. The trail is a pleasant walk through wooded areas with scenic views of the Great Falls rapids and Potomac River gorge.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

My friends and I drove about an hour out to Great Falls and it was definitely worth it. Beautiful place with tons of hiking trails and overlooks. Lots of people including us did a bit of rock climbing to get some awesome views, great time!

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We purchased the yearly pass as it was most economical. We have been several times and have hiked several trails. A beautiful place to go and have a picnic.

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Monroe, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I only had time for a short visit, but it was worth the stop. There are several observation points within a short walking distance from the parking lot. There is also a museum, which showed a short movie and had other displays. A guide tour is available for a charge. I'd like to return and walk some trails on another... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great Falls National Park can be found on both sides of the Potomac River. It does offer many options in terms of "sneaker trails" accessible to just about anyone, to others which require genuine rock scrambling. Bottom line, get a good map from the Visitor Center and/or ask the Rangers what's what, so you aren't disappointed. If you prefer an... More 

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