• 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.

Indoor Activities

The Visitor Center is open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. Stop by for trail maps, brochures, and information.

The museum, slide show, and children's room are located in the Visitor Center. Throughout the year, programs may be offered in the auditorium. Contact the park for more information, or view the Calendar of Events online to see this month's programs.

Videos:
Shown on request. Ask at the visitor center desk.

The History of Great Falls

This presentation introduces you to approximately 11,000 years of history here at Great Falls Park. The video is approximately eight minutes long.

George Washington

This fifteen minute movie covers the history of the Patowmack Canal and how George Washington's interest in the Potomac helped to shape the United States.


Children's Room

Games and puzzles are available here. The highlight of the room is the please-touch table, where children can explore items they may encounter in the park.

The Junior Ranger program is a great way for kids to explore the park, while earning their own Junior Ranger badge. This program is designed for children ages 5 and up. Two books are available at the Visitor Center desk.

Did You Know?

Upper portion of the Patowmack Canal

George Washington started the Patowmack Canal Company at Great Falls. The canal took seventeen years to build, and was one of the first canals built in the United States. More...