• Great Falls of the Potomac in summer

    Great Falls

    Park Virginia

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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.


Great Falls Park is administered by the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Parkway headquarters is located at 700 George Washington Memorial Parkway, McLean, Virginia. The headquarters building is open from 8:15 am to 4:15 pm on weekdays.

Officers from US Park Police District 2 serve the park. Their station is located at 700 George Washington Memorial Parkway, McLean, Virginia. The telephone number for US Park Police Dispatch is 202‑610‑7500. To reach the District 2 station, please call 703‑285‑1000.


Laws & Policies

Rules and regulations that apply to all National Park Service sites may be found in Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations (Parks, Forests, and Public Property), Chapter I, Parts 1-199.

Rules and regulations specific to the park are found in the park compendium.

More information about park policies is in the Great Falls Park Final General Management Plan/ Environmental Impact Statement.


Park Planning

For a complete list of current plans and projects along the parkway, please visit http://parkplanning.nps.gov/gwmp.

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.