• Great Falls of the Potomac in summer

    Great Falls

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    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 »

Plan Your Visit

Explore one of the nation's first canals, see the Great Falls of the Potomac, or enjoy a hike along Mather Gorge's dramatic clifftops. You can do all of these things and more at Great Falls Park. These pages have information that will help you plan your trip.

Park hours are 7 a.m. until dark, every day. The three falls overlooks are located within a five to ten minute walk from the visitor center and parking lots. Trail maps are available at the visitor center and entrance station.

Great Falls Park is a trash free park. This program started in April 2013. Be prepared to carry out everything that you bring into the park, including trash generated during your visit.

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Things to Know Before You Come includes:

 

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.