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.


trash free park

Trash Free Park

Great Falls is a trash free park. Trash cans are not provided. Please take your trash with you when you leave.

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Closeup of Great Falls from river level

River Safety

Swimming and wading are prohibited in the park due to dangerous river currents and hydraulics. Use caution around the Potomac.

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Visit us on Facebook

Get an inside perspective of Great Falls Park, including up-to-the-minute pictures and posts. You do not need an account to visit this page.

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Two women visiting Great Falls in 1920

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.

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