• 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.

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?

The second carousel in Great Falls Park

There used to be a carousel at Great Falls Park. A flood caused by Hurricane Agnes in 1972 damaged the carousel beyond repair.