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.
There are five miles of trails open for biking within the park. The Ridge, Difficult Run, and Carriage Road trails are multi-use for hiking, riding, and biking.
Biking to the park is not recommended. Georgetown Pike and Old Dominion Drive are two lane roads with no shoulders and no bike paths. Both roads are narrow, with sharp turns and curves that make it difficult for vehicles to see bicycles.
The best option for biking in Great Falls Park is to transport the bicycles here by vehicle. Bike trails are easily accessible from the Visitor Center and the parking lots. A bike rack is available behind the Visitor Center. Locking up your bicycle is highly recommended if you need to leave it unattended. Trail maps are available in the Visitor Center and the entrance station.
Did You Know?
The round holes you see in the rocks along the River Trail were carved by the Potomac. Some of these potholes are large enough to stand in and can take over 500 years to form.