• 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.

Laws & Policies

Below is a summary of rules and regulations at Great Falls Park. Federal regulations that apply to all units of the National Park Service, including Great Falls, are found in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 36, Chapter 1 (also called 36 CFR).


Park Regulations

  • No swimming, wading, or rock hopping.
  • Pets are allowed, but must be on a 6 foot leash at all times.
  • No alcohol is permitted in the park.
  • No wood fires.
  • Vehicles are permitted on paved roads only. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the trails.
  • Feeding wildlife and birds is prohibited.
  • Collecting anything within park boundaries, including wildflowers, animals, plants, rocks, artifacts, etc. is prohibited. Help protect your park by taking only pictures and leaving only footprints.

Did You Know?

Upper portion of the Patowmack Canal

George Washington started the Patowmack Canal Company at Great Falls. The canal took seventeen years to build, and was one of the first canals built in the United States. More...