• Great Falls of the Potomac in summer

    Great Falls

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  • No Water in Visitor Center Courtyard

    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 »

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?

A view of the Falls

Even though it may be a hot day, remember that swimming is not allowed in Great Falls Park. The Potomac River is fast, with dangerous currents, and is never safe for swimming. More...