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Great Falls Park

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Address: 9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22102-1019
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+1 703-285-2965
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7:00 am - 6:59 am
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Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 6:59 am
Sat - Sun 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description:

An 800 acre park located just off the Potomac river.

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A pleasure place!

A pleasure place to visit during Spring and Summer. Fantastic pictures you can get there!! Be prepared to walk, but it is a great place to walk with your family and picnic as well.

Reviewed March 13, 2017
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Fairfax, United States
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Fairfax, United States
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4 reviews
Reviewed March 13, 2017

A pleasure place to visit during Spring and Summer. Fantastic pictures you can get there!! Be prepared to walk, but it is a great place to walk with your family and picnic as well.

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Vienna, Virginia
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Reviewed March 7, 2017

Great Falls Park is a great local outing. Nice falls with some very nice trails and rock walking. Picnic tables, all amid a lovely natural setting. Recommended. One gains some history to boot.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed March 6, 2017

Great Falls Park is an interesting mix of nature and history. The nature part, of course is the Falls and the geological aspect that are a joy to climb - but make sure you are not in a restricted area! History because of the Patowmack canal (to circumvent the falls) that was built but ultimately failed. The Maryland side has... More 

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Herndon, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 5, 2017

The interpretive center is well done with a nice historic review. There is a small canteen on the lower level to be able to purchase water, sodas, and snacks. Many places to sit and rest, great picnic area with plenty of tables and outdoor grilles, and the walking paths are crushed limestone / gravel. This park is well used and... More 

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Reviewed March 5, 2017

excellent view of the Potomac river and a nice place for a picnic. very popular with the locals. Good for a cookout (BBQ).

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Frederick, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 2, 2017

I took a few of my kids and headed South about an hour to check this place out. We had to wait in line for about 30 minutes to get in, but once in the park, the weather and scenery was amazing. This is a great place to come for hike or just a fun stroll with anyone. The falls... More 

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Venlo
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Reviewed March 1, 2017

Maybe not the biggest park but definitively worth the visit. Great views of the Potomac river and amazing how this river can change. Nice trails to walk. We did the River Trail which gives you some beautiful views of the river going from wild and ferocious to a calm flowing river. We came across a wild deer (well wild you... More 

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Oakton, Virginia
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Reviewed February 26, 2017

this park will satisfy everyone - plenty to see and a good place for a walk - wildlife to experience and flowers to enjoy

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed February 21, 2017

Beautiful scenic location in the heart of crowded town. You can spend minimum 1/2 hr to as long as you want.

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Winchester, Virginia
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Reviewed February 19, 2017

We arrived at 8 AM on Sunday morning and sailed right in. By the time we left at 11 AM, the line to get in the park was close to a mile long out to Georgetown Pike and even that road was backed up.. There was plenty of parking, just takes long to have everyone get paid up at the... More 

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