• 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.

For Kids

Junior Ranger Program




Children 5 and up are invited to participate in the Junior Ranger Program. The program is an exciting experience for those wanting to explore the park. There are two booklets, grouped by age, which can be signed out at the Visitor Center desk. Most Junior Rangers complete the booklet in one to two hours, but may take as much time as they wish to finish. Children who complete the booklet earn a Junior Ranger Badge to honor their accomplishments.



Want to explore more of your National Parks? Many National Parks offer Junior Ranger programs both in the park and on the Internet. Visit WebRangers for more information on web-based programs. For a complete listing of all National Parks offering Junior Ranger programs in the park itself, visit the Ranger Zone.






Children's Room




Games, coloring activities, 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.






Junior Ranger Camp



*The Junior Ranger Camp will not be offered for the Summer of 2014.

A two-day summer camp is offered each year at Great Falls Park for children, ages 8-11. Campers will spend two days with Park Rangers exploring the park, taking hikes, participating in activities, and having fun.



Reservations are required and the programs fill quickly. All Junior Ranger activities are offered free of charge. Contact the park to learn more or to make a reservation.






Did You Know?

Copperhead snake

Copperheads are the only type of venomous snake found in Great Falls Park. Never attempt to pick up or disturb a snake. More...