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 »
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.
September 3, 2013
Rescue crews are resuming the search for a missing swimmer this morning. The man entered the river near the overlooks yesterday evening and was swept downstream. Our thoughts are with this young man, his family and friends, and the rescue crews. Please remember, the Potomac is a dangerous river with strong currents. Swimming and wading are illegal.
August 13, 2013
Come celebrate our birthday with us! On August 25th, entrance fees in all National Parks will be free, in honor of the National Park Service's birthday. Have fun and enjoy the outdoors.
April 22, 2013
The trash free park program begins today. All trash cans are being removed from the park. Please be prepared to take your trash with you, and dispose of it properly when you leave the park. More information can be found here.
In honor of National Park week, all National Parks that charge entrance fees are fee free from April 22nd through April 26th.
March 4, 2013
The snack bar has reopened for the season. Current hours are Wednesday- Sunday, 10am to 4pm. They are closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
November 9th, 2012
In honor of Veteran's Day, all National Park entrance fees will be free from November 10-12.
"We are grateful for the service and sacrifice of military members, past and present, and honored to tell their story at many of our national parks," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.
"Take time out and experience American's Best Idea-your national parks on Veterans Day weekend, while celebrating the service of all U.S. military veterans," said NCR Director, Steve Whitesell.
November 5th, 2012
October 26th, 2012
Hurricane Sandy is forecast to hit the east coast on October 29th and has the potential for high winds and significant amounts of rain.
September 30th, 2012
The snack bar has switched to fall hours, and will now be open Wednesday- Sunday, from 10am- 5pm. It will close for the season in early November.
August 10, 2012
The snack bar is now open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the summer.
May 21, 2012
Difficult Run updates:
The trail has been reopened for hiking, with the following advisory:
A section of the Difficult Run Trail has sustained flood damage and is steep and narrow. During periods of high stream flow, the trail may be impassable. Trail users are advised to use caution while hiking on the Difficult Run trail.
March 11, 2012
The snack bar is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. They are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
November 24, 2011
Construction on the new visitor center ramp is complete. The new ramp makes the visitor center and courtyard areas fully handicap accessible.
November 18, 2011
The restroom facility near the lower parking lot and all outdoor water fountains are closed for the winter. Water is available in the visitor center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and restrooms are also available at the visitor center.
October 31st, 2011
Difficult Run trail remains closed due to flood damage. Click here to view the record of determination for this closure.
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The final copy of the Great Falls Park General Management Plan is online. The above link will open a new page to view it.
Great Falls Park is part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. For Parkway news, click here.
Did You Know?
Those big black birds you see flying above Great Falls Park are usually vultures. Turkey vultures, like the one in the photo, have red heads. The smaller black vulture's white wingtips are easily seen in flight.