• Great Falls of the Potomac in summer

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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 »

History & Culture

Two women view the falls in the 1920s.

Two women view the falls in the 1920s.

A trading place. A place to fish. A canal and town. An amusement park. A place to discover nature. During the past ten thousand years, the Great Falls of the Potomac has been the location of all of these, and more. From trading to recreation, people have been drawn here for thousands of years.

The reasons why people come to Great Falls, both in the past and in the present, are as varied as the people themselves. On these pages, discover the history and the stories of this unique place.

Did You Know?

A view of the Falls

Even though it may be a hot day, remember that swimming is not allowed in Great Falls Park. The Potomac River is fast, with dangerous currents, and is never safe for swimming. More...