• Great Falls of the Potomac in summer

    Great Falls

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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.

Parks as Classrooms

Program Overview

These programs offer unique opportunities for students to explore and learn about their natural environment. PAC programs require the teacher to conduct specific pre and post visit exercises with students in order to achieve the learning objectives for the program.

Due to the nature of these programs, class size is limited to a maximum of 15 students per PAC program. Contact the park for more information, or to schedule a program.


Exploring Geology PAC- Formation of Great Falls

This is a 3 ½ hour program designed primarily for students in grades 5 - 6. The program can be adapted for grades 7-9, however. The program introduces concepts of the rock cycle, examines different rock types, and explores how the earth is dynamic. Students visit areas in the park where unique rock formations can be observed and discussed.


American Indians of Great Falls and the Potomac Region PAC

This is a 3 ½ hour program designed primarily for students in grades 4-6. The program introduces students to the lifestyle of Native American Indians in the Potomac Region. Students will visit areas in the park to explore what life was like, and will have an opportunity to view and handle artifact replicas. Pre and post visit activites can be downloaded by clicking the link above.


The George Washington Memorial Parkway offers Parks As Classrooms programs at Theodore Roosevelt Island, Dyke Marsh, Arlington House and Clara Barton National Historic Site. Visit their For Teachers website to learn more.

Did You Know?

Ice in the Potomac and Falls

Water temperatures in the Potomac can drop to freezing and ice will form along the banks. However, the water is moving too quickly through the Great Falls to completely freeze over.