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Great Falls Park

9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22102-1019
+1 703-285-2965
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Great Falls—Where Water Rages and Roars

One extremely hot day in May, we visited Great Falls National Park outside of Washington, DC. Due... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Burlington, New Jersey
Impressive views; unimpressive amenities

It's amazing that a large nature park like this exists so close to the sprawling DC-MD-VA... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Brendan S
Arlington, Virginia
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An 800 acre park located just off the Potomac river.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good24%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“national park” (63 reviews)
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Hours Today: 7:00 AM - 6:59 AM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22102-1019
+1 703-285-2965
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Reviewed 2 days ago

One extremely hot day in May, we visited Great Falls National Park outside of Washington, DC. Due to recent flooding rainfall, the Potomac River ran high and proud, rushing over the huge rocks which tumble the Falls into the Mather Gorge. Although by noon the...More

Thank writearts2
Reviewed 2 days ago

It's amazing that a large nature park like this exists so close to the sprawling DC-MD-VA megalopolis. Great Falls has a Virginia side and a Maryland side, both offering multiple clifftop views of the Falls (more like large rapids than waterfalls), as well as a...More

Thank Brendan S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I was in McLean for work and searched my AllTrails app for nearby hiking areas. Great Falls looked cool, so a friend and I took an Uber to the park. We were able to get an Uber to pick us up, too, but be aware...More

Thank edodd419
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

It's a place to go if you wanna enjoy the day reading a book, walking with friends or family. Nothing special.

Thank Mariana O
Reviewed 1 week ago

Anyone in the DC area should make the drive here! Amazing hiking and views that were absolutely stunning made it worth the short drive out of town.

Thank Hitekkbekk
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a great end of day trip for me. Unfortunately, I got caught in rush hour traffic, but it was worth it. An unadvertised special were two kayakers who were taking on the class 5 rapids. What a treat to watch. Used my National...More

Thank marypatro
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Potomac runs through the Great Falls and then funnels downstream through the narrow Mather Gorge, offering breathtaking opportunities for kayakers. Have been fascinated by the adventurers who run the river and know how to read it...however I love the park for the gorgeous trails...More

Thank Cristina H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

No one from this area should fail to take visitors to this park; it is dramatically beautiful and should excite people of all ages. I go quite often and love it every time.

Thank Stephievr
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited here with our 9 month old baby strapped to my back, and our two young nephews running ahead of us on the trails. I was apprehensive to spend the Saturday afternoon in such a busy place (the parking lot was packed!), but once...More

Thank Meredith S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love to go walking in Great Falls Park because of the wonderful nature trails. The park is well maintained, and is one of the best parks in the DC area.

Thank 846lawrenceb
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April 24, 2017|
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Response from CatherineMorenoGamez | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there are plenty of places in which you can use your stroller. However, there are some places in which the rock outcroppings hinder the trails, somewhat. If possible, use a child backpack rather or in addition to your... More
Anne M
February 18, 2017|
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Response from RJPick | Reviewed this property |
I always bring my dog!
Anne M
February 18, 2017|
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Response from Visiting612 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, but they must be on a leash. Bring water, a bowl, and doggie bags too.