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Great Falls Park

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“visitor center”(70 reviews)
“hiking trails”(47 reviews)
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An 800 acre park located just off the Potomac river.
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Hours Today: 7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22102-1019
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We love visiting this park and hiking. The trails are nice, you learn about the history of the area, nice nature center, and the river is fabulous anytime of year. I, personally, love it in the winter when the ice forms in interesting designs or...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely and beautiful place. Great for hiking with the Family. Climbing the rocks or just walk beside the river and enjoy the white water. Bring the dog and a picnic.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Flisan66
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you have a beautiful day and want to get out of DC go to Great Falls. It has concrete walkways that are great for all ages and it has paths for the more daring explorers. Learn about the canal system or watch the kayakers....More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Tracy Z
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is a must!! The overlooks are magical. Trails are magnificent. Beautiful place to grill. Was the highlight of our trip to Virginia.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank mekor180
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful for a family cookout or picnic. The views can't be beat and the trails are family friendly. Be careful to keep your eye on the road when admiring the beautiful homes on the way!

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank DCMama2019
Reviewed April 13, 2019 via mobile

Beautiful place to see the river and rapids. Absolutely beautiful. Nice trails and view points through out the park. Was very busy and parking in spots was difficult. Worth the time. Do not miss. Cost $15 to get in but pass is good for a...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank 626lloydm
Reviewed April 11, 2019 via mobile

A beautiful day with family and friends hiking. Fun picnic spot, dog friendly and lots of tourists.A must do when on vacation as an outdoor activity.

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank Saloshni R
Reviewed April 10, 2019

I love going to Great Falls Park! It is beautiful and a fun place for an outing or just a walk on the paths.

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank allansher
Reviewed March 31, 2019 via mobile

We get an annual permit to the park and are regulars. We love to visit Great Falls Park on both sides, VA as well as MD. The MD side has some very nice hiking trails. Very peaceful and serene. A good natural relaxation area for...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ns549
Reviewed March 30, 2019 via mobile

At weekends the queue of vehicles trying to get in to the park is very very long, you can be waiting up to 1 hour just to get in to the park. Once inside expect to see lots of litter and overflowing trash cans. The...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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K464HFyvonneh
March 30, 2019|
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Response from travelrows | Reviewed this property |
No you can not and we saw a sign No Bikes
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Nancy B
August 2, 2018|
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Response from Wanita N | Reviewed this property |
Nearby 3miles, 10 min , on Georgetown pike is a small shopping center with a grocery store and some restaurants. It's Called the village centre. And as others have noted the park concessions are pretty good. Remember this... More
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Nancy B
August 2, 2018|
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Response from kling167 | Reviewed this property |
We saw several groups picnicking just east of the visitors center. As far as shopping for food we drove by a couple of stores 10-15 minutes from the entrance. We didn’t see anywhere that sold concessions in the park.
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