A Destination for Recreation
At Great Falls, the Potomac River builds up speed and force as it falls over a series of steep, jagged rocks and flows through the narrow Mather Gorge. The Patowmack Canal offers a glimpse into the early history of this country. Great Falls Park has many opportunities to explore history and nature, all in a beautiful 800-acre park only 15 miles from the Nation's Capital.
Swimming and wading are prohibited in the park due to dangerous river currents and hydraulics. Use caution around the Potomac.Read More
Trash Free Park
On April 22, Great Falls will become a trash free park. Please take your trash with you when you leave.Read More
Explore the Parkway
Great Falls is just one place to visit along the George Washington Memorial Parkway. From historic homes to carousels, there's plenty to explore.Read More
Did You Know?
There used to be a carousel at Great Falls Park. A flood caused by Hurricane Agnes in 1972 damaged the carousel beyond repair.