• 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.

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?

Turkey vulture in flight

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.