• Great Falls of the Potomac in summer

    Great Falls

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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 »

Bicycling Information

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.

Click here for bicycling information for the George Washington Memorial Parkway.

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.