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 »
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.
Great Falls Park is closed at dark. Overnight camping is prohibited and there are no lodging facilities within the park.
There are many options for lodging within the immediate area. A web search will provide a variety of choices. Nearby towns include Reston, Herndon, Tysons Corner, Falls Church, Arlington, Alexandria, Sterling, and Washington D.C.
Fairfax County Park Authority
Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal NHP
Prince William Forest National Park
Shenandoah National Park
Catoctin Mountain National Park
Greenbelt National Park
Did You Know?
There used to be a carousel at Great Falls Park. A flood caused by Hurricane Agnes in 1972 damaged the carousel beyond repair.