• Great Falls of the Potomac in summer

    Great Falls

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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.

Guided Tours

Ranger Programs

Ranger-led programs are offered throughout the year. For a current schedule, contact the park at 703-285-2965 or visit our Schedule of Events page.

Ranger-led educational programs are a great way to explore the park for school groups, scout groups, and more. If you are interested in a ranger-led program for your group, please contact the park for more information or visit our For Teachers page.

Volunteer Programs

Nature Photography classes are offered on the first and third Sundays of every month from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. This program is taught by an experienced professional photographer. Attendees must bring their own SLR cameras; although additional lenses may be made available at the instructors choosing. Please contact the park at 703-285-2965 to reserve a spot in the next class!

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.