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.
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):
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):
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):
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):
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.