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    Portable toilets are available next to the visitor center on the side nearest the river. Restrooms with running water are available near the lower parking lot. More »

Convenience Store

The snack bar in the park is open seasonally, from mid-March until mid-November.

Nearby towns and services:

McLean (leaving from the park, continue straight through the light on Old Dominion for two miles):

  • Grocery Store
  • Restaurants
  • Convenience store (located approximately one mile down Old Dominion Drive)
  • Coffee shops
  • Gas Station

Great Falls (leaving from the park, take a right at the light onto Georgetown Pike, the town is located approximately two miles down the road):

  • Grocery Store
  • Convenience Store
  • Post Office
  • Restaurants
  • Gas Station

Reston/Herndon (leaving from the park, take a right at the light onto Georgetown Pike. Take a left onto Springvale and continue straight, crossing over Rt. 7. The road will turn into Baron Cameron, which will take you to Reston and Herndon):

  • Convenience Stores
  • Grocery Stores
  • Restaurants
  • Coffee shops
  • Gas Station
  • Town Center

Tyson's Corner (leaving from the park, continue straight at the light on Old Dominion. Take a right onto Chain Bridge, which will take you into Tyson's Corner):

  • Shopping Malls
  • Restaurants
  • Grocery Stores
  • Convenience Stores
  • Gas station

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...