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Great Falls Park

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“potomac river”(125 reviews)
“visitor center”(70 reviews)
“hiking trails”(45 reviews)
An 800 acre park located just off the Potomac river.
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9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22102-1019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

As a local, this is one of my "go to" spots when out of town guests are visiting. This is an amazing experience that takes you back to where George Washington created the ill fated Matildaville in the late 1700s. Remains of a building are...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great for hiking and viewing the falls. Terrific place to escape from the city and walk or take a long hike along the canal or boulder along the river.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank grandpoobah7
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My daughter and I really enjoyed our Great Falls Park visit this past summer. The park was very clean, and the views was spectacular! Highly recommend you visit this place if you're visiting the National Capital Area Region in the future.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Rob M
Reviewed December 10, 2018 via mobile

Stunning water falls as the water gushed through, over rocks in a torrent. As it was raining today it sure was doing a lot of gushing! There’s a nice walk along the tow path and a good boardwalk you can do on a less wet...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 2, 2018 via mobile

Absolutely my favorite place to take out of town visitors. Spectacular. Easy to get to by car. Allow a couple hours to hike around. Wear comfortable shoes.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 23, 2018

You can approach the falls from both sides of the Potomac River, the Virginia side or the Maryland side. Both offer great views and are worth the visit. The best time to go to the falls is when the water level is not at its...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed November 12, 2018 via mobile

Whether you are out of town visitors or local residence, This is a great place to visit for hiking and photograph the Potomac river. Bring your family and your dogs too, it’ll be fun. Every time I visit here, there are always lots of people,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Grace C
Reviewed November 8, 2018

Great Falls is so much more than any picture can depict. It is a masterpiece of nature. The park is lovely to visit and the three vantage points are just wonderful. Take time to walk the other trails as well.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank HolyCityTravelers
Reviewed November 6, 2018

It is a really nice hiking area. The falls is a plus. It offers spectacular views. I have been here twice and plan to go there again. I highly recommend this park if you are anywhere near.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank AEE74
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Any time of year, it is worth the trip. Super busy during weekends in the fall, spring and summer. Spectacular in its own right in the winter. Picnics, history, hiking, just watching the falls... a great place. Don't forget to take note of the "high...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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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
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.
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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Hong Kong, China
Paterson Great Falls park closed?? (0 Replies)
Read this alert: Due to a landscape improvement project, a section of the park, Mary Ellen Kramer Park, and the pedestrian bridge crossing the chasm is closed. Project may be completed early in 2015. The Great Falls can still be viewed at Overlook Park, 72 McBride Ave." I am driving from Philadelphia to Paterson to view this waterfalls tomorrow. Has this been re-opened as the above alert said that it should be completed early 2015? I love taking photos of waterfalls, and have done that in...More
March 29, 2015|
Susan W
Charlottesville, Virginia
Need hotels near The Great Falls Grange (2 Replies)
I am planning a 30-year reunion which is being held at the historic Great Falls Grange in Great Falls, VA. It is located at 9818 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, Va. Does anybody know if there are any hotels near there for out-of-town guests?
July 31, 2013|
Response fromwarthog|
That area is fairly rural / residential. I think the closest hotels are going to be on the north side of Reston / Herndon, the west end of Tyson's Corner / McLean, or the east side of Sterling. All of them are going to be at least a 15 minute drive to that address, depending on traffic. I'd suggest you find the address on a map, and then go to a hotel website like hotels.com that has a map view feature to see which hotels are the closest.
Long Island, NY
Great Falls Park - Billy Goat Trail (3 Replies)
Hi all, My family is visiting DC in July and I would like to do some hiking in Great Falls Park. I took a look at the map of the park and it looks like the way we would get to the Billy Goat Path is to park at the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, and walk the towpath to the Stop Gate and then pick up the path for the Billy Goat Trail. Am I correct? I thought we might be able to take the Overlook Trail to the Stop Gate but it doesn't look like there is a bridge over to Bear Island from...More
May 22, 2010|
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I have been looking at the map again and I realize that the grey line near the stop gate which might be a bridge leads to Berma Rd. You would have to walk through the woods to get to Overlook Trail from there and I don’t imagine you would want to do that so I guess you have to take the towpath. FYI: The reason I go to the top of the Billy Goat Trail is because (1) there is a pretty steep incline which I would rather go up than down and getting on the Trail from the north puts me in a...More