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Great Falls Park

9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22102-1019
+1 703-285-2965
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Picture perfect year round

Great Falls is easily one of the best places to spend an afternoon if you're itching to get outside... read more

Reviewed February 9, 2016
Carley M
Great sceanery close to DC

I've been here several times over the years and keep coming back. You need to see it at several... read more

Reviewed February 8, 2016
Joe E
Waldorf, Maryland, United States
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An 800 acre park located just off the Potomac river.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good24%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“hiking trails” (38 reviews)
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9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22102-1019
+1 703-285-2965
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Reviewed February 9, 2016

Great Falls is easily one of the best places to spend an afternoon if you're itching to get outside and get some fresh air. It can be very crowded at times - so go early in the morning if you plan on hiking the Billy...More

Thank Carley M
Reviewed February 8, 2016

I've been here several times over the years and keep coming back. You need to see it at several times of the year at different water levels. Note that parts of the views can be challenging for those less physically able others are wheelchair accessible....More

Thank Joe E
Reviewed January 30, 2016

We stumbled upon this place after getting off the highway to find a gas station. Boy, were we glad we did! If you're a hiker, or just like beautiful views, this park is the place to go. You can enter through the park, which charges...More

Thank 667kathleens
Reviewed January 22, 2016

Great Falls National Park (the Virginia side) offers a mix of viewpoints over the falls and Mather Gorge, where the Potomac descends through a channel cut through the granite--I have heard this is the only class 5 whitewater rapids on the East Coast. Located just...More

Thank wyzefool
Reviewed January 9, 2016

Over the years, we spent many days exploring Great Falls park. The hiking areas are wonderful but would be different for people with mobility issues. The picnic area is now crowded with large ethnic group picnics, but there is plenty of lawn area for smaller...More

Thank Denise B
Reviewed January 7, 2016

We decided to start our new year with family spending time together outdoors, we visited on New Year's Day. The line to get in and park the car was long, once into the car park we were able to quickly explore the Great Falls Park....More

Thank 603relax
Reviewed January 6, 2016

Just good to see a small waterfall, sorry but I am used to big waterfalls with crystal clear water, so I was kind of disappointed. This one looks dirty. Nice park to do family picnics and trails.

Thank corelus
Reviewed January 5, 2016

February 2015 brought a strong artic chill to Great Falls. For the first time in our forty five years of visiting the falls we found the falls beginning to freeze. Temperatures were approximately 3 degrees F and with the wind chill about -9F. We could...More

Thank HedoCouple
Reviewed January 5, 2016

This is a very beautiful nature park, and the waterfalls are so amazing just standing watching. There is lot's of hiking routes and in the summer time a shop next to the parking area.

Thank Deferimus
Reviewed January 4, 2016

I walk the difficult run trail off of Georgetown Pike at least 20 times a year. This is my favorite place to go. They have recently fixed some of the paths so the entire path is safe now. They have lots of gorgeous views here....More

Thank Kate R
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Is this stroller friendly not just to see the falls but the walking/hiking path?
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
Anne M
Can you bring your dog?
February 18, 2017|
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Response from RJPick | Reviewed this property |
I always bring my dog!
Anne M
Can you bring your dog?
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.