• 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.

Getting Around

Great Falls Park is an 800 acre park with fifteen miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails. All vehicles are restricted to the entrance road and parking lots only and may not drive on any park trail or enter the picnic area. Unloading zones are located next to the picnic area, just off the main entrance road.

Trail maps are available at the entrance station and visitor center.


The entrance station will provide information on the availability of parking. On some weekends and holidays in the spring through fall months, the parking lots can fill up, resulting in long lines to get into the park. Plan your visit for earlier or later in the day to avoid the worst of the lines.

Getting to the Falls

The three Falls Overlooks are located within a two to ten minute walk of the Visitor Center. Overlooks 2 and 3 are fully accessible.

It is not possible to view the falls by car.

Did You Know?

Low water during the summer months

The Potomac River changes dramatically throughout the year at Great Falls. The park and falls overlooks are open year round, and each season offers a different experience.