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Great Falls Park

9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22102-1019
+1 703-757-3101
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Nice easy hiking trails

Great Falls Park is a hidden gem just outside DC in Virginia. Get there early on nice days or... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
tattoo1
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Arlington, Virginia
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Wow

I had heard about this park from a friend who lives in the area and wanted to see it. Wow, what a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
dclmom34
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Statesville, North Carolina
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An 800 acre park located just off the Potomac river.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good24%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“great falls” (124 reviews)
“potomac river” (119 reviews)
“visitor center” (68 reviews)
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Hours Today: 7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22102-1019
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+1 703-757-3101
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great Falls Park is a hidden gem just outside DC in Virginia. Get there early on nice days or prepare to wait about 30 minutes in traffic to get in... otherwise, if you don’t mind a 4 mike hike round trip, go down to River...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I had heard about this park from a friend who lives in the area and wanted to see it. Wow, what a beautiful place. I was blown away by the size of the falls. We came on a rainy day and there were still a...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to Great Falls Park a few times, in winter and in summer. It is a really neat place for any age, any athleticism. There are overlooks that are not far from the parking lot where you can observe the main falls, shown...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Park is NOT a best kept secret, it has become a local destination. Close in to DC and yet a real natural experience. The Falls are truly majestic to view at varying times of the year...always changing. Quiet surroundings, yet filled with interesting people.

Thank Dan K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Do not expect to have a very strenuous walk here (unless you run) and you will probably encounter many other people with dogs, children, kayaks and even some climbers (the routes look short). Definitely worthwhile.

Thank Rico M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I‘m embarrassed to say, I’ve been living in the region for decades, and although I’ve seen the gorge from the Billy Goat Trail on the Maryland side many times, I had never made it to the overlooks on the Virginia side until recently. It really...More

5  Thank manateesneedsprings
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Reviewed March 10, 2018

The park has several trails from very easy to a bit more difficult. Great views on the Potomac River and the Great Falls. The path along the canal is easy to walk with beautiful scenery. Sometimes you can see deer and other wildlife. Several trails...More

1  Thank MLovei
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Reviewed March 4, 2018

This place is a real treat. Its easy to find- you have two choices, depending on where you are coming from. We were on the Virginia side, so we got the full visitors Center experience. Start your visit at the visitors center. Learn about what...More

1  Thank Bodacious123
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Reviewed January 26, 2018

We visited Great Falls Park for free on MLK Day, and our visit was very satisfactory. It was a frigid day, but the beauty of the falls made the short walk out to the overlooks completely worth it. Parking is plentiful, and the visitor center...More

Thank Susan L
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Reviewed January 22, 2018

When we decided to go to great falls I expected a little park with some cute trails but it was an actual trail over rocks and down some cliffs, really fun!

Thank Pieterjan I
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Jose A
October 16, 2017|
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Response from JoyandDen | Reviewed this property |
Not 100% sure, there were areas with seating and tables and I think BBQ's, I would ring and check with them so that you are not disappointed. Lovely place to visit!!
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April 24, 2017|
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Response from Traveler22101 | Reviewed this property |
You would be able to see the falls even if you are walking with a stroller. It is definitely worth coming even if constricted by a stroller and even a wheelchair. There are more extensive walks that would be difficult with a... More
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Anne M
February 18, 2017|
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I always bring my dog!
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