• Great Falls of the Potomac in summer

    Great Falls

    Park Virginia

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  • Trash Free Park

    Great Falls Park is now a trash free park. Trash cans have been removed. Please come prepared to carry your trash out with you. More »

  • River Safety

    Learn more about how to stay safe around the Potomac. The Potomac has dangerous currents and going into the river is not permitted. Swimming and wading could cost you your life. Stay safe. Stay out of the river. More »

  • No Water in Visitor Center Courtyard

    Due to plumbing problems, there are no bathrooms available in the Visitor Center (VC) courtyard. There are portajohns behind the Snackbar for public use. *Please note: Restrooms near the lower parking lot are fully operational.

  • Weekend and Holiday Delays for Entry

    Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays when there is a good weather forecast, expect delays of up to an hour from Noon to 4pm when entering the park.

For Kids

Interested in exploring Great Falls Park? Here are some ways to learn more while having fun in the park.


Junior Ranger Program

Children 5 and up are invited to participate in the Junior Ranger Program. The program is an exciting experience for those wishing to explore the park. There are two booklets, grouped by age, which can be signed out at the Visitor Center desk. Most Junior Rangers complete the booklet in one to two hours, but may take as much time as they wish to finish. Children who complete the booklet earn a Junior Ranger Badge to honor their accomplishments.

The Junior Ranger booklets are available to download here.

Ages 5-7 (.pdf file)
Ages 8-12 (.pdf file)

Want to explore more of your National Parks? Many National Parks offer Junior Ranger programs both in the park and on the Internet. Visit WebRangers for more information on web-based programs. For a complete listing of all National Parks offering Junior Ranger programs in the park itself, visit theRanger Zone.

Did You Know?

Women viewing the falls in the 1920's

People used to ride a trolley to visit Great Falls Park. Dancing, a dinner at the inn, a walk down a lover's lane, and viewing the falls at night were all favorite activities.