• Great Falls of the Potomac in summer

    Great Falls

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  • No Water in Visitor Center Courtyard

    Portable toilets are available next to the visitor center on the side nearest the river. Restrooms with running water are available near the lower parking lot. More »

  • Great Falls Park Difficult Run Trail Closure for Repair Work

    Starting October 27, 2014 a portion of the Difficult Run Trail within Great Falls Park will be closed for repairs for approximately one month. The trail will reopen as soon as the repairs are complete, which is expected mid December, 2014.

Firearms Law

As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park.

It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit our state’s website.

Virginia Law

See sections 18.2-279 through 18.2-312

Virginia Attorney General

Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.

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...