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 just one of the sites that make up the George Washington Memorial Parkway. The Parkway was developed as a memorial to George Washington and links a series of sites along the Potomac River. Explore Arlington House and Clara Barton National Historic site. Enjoy a nature walk at Turkey Run park or take a stroll through Dyke Marsh to enjoy the natural scenery and excellent birdwatching. Over 300 species of birds can be observed at the marsh. There is a lot to enjoy in this park, from monuments to nature and more.
This National Park preserves the 184 mile long C&O canal from Cumberland, MD to Georgetown. Also including views of the Great Falls from the Maryland side of the river, C&O Canal NHP offers history, recreation, scenic views and much more. Canal boat ridesare offered during the summer in Georgetown, by Washington D.C. Contact the park for more information.
The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail is a network of locally-managed trails between the mouth of the Potomac River and the Allegheny Highlands. Part of this Trail runs through Great Falls Park. The Potomac Heritage Trail includes 830 miles of trails for a variety of hiking options.
The National Mall includes more than a dozen National Park sites in our nation's capital. Some of the sites are the Vietnam Veteran's memorial, Ford's Theatre, the Washington Monument, the Constitution Gardens, the Old Post Office pavilion, and World War II Memorial.National Capital Parks- East
National Capital Parks- East includes several National Park sites in Washington D.C. and in locations east of the city in Maryland. Recreation areas, historical sites, statues, monuments, tidal areas, and forests are just a few of the resources found in these National Parks.Rock Creek Park
A 1,755 acre National Park located in Washington D.C., Rock Creek Park has many opportunities for outdoor recreation and a wealth of historical resources. Educational and interpretive programs are offered here. Hiking, picnic tables, bird watching, and stargazing are some of the recreational activities in this park. A planetarium is located in the park's Nature Center and has the distinction of being the only planetarium in the National Park system. Visit the website for a list of monthly programs. Trail rides, pony rides, riding lessons, and horse boarding are all offered by the Rock Creek Horse Center.Prince William Forest Park
This National Park site is located in Triangle, Virginia. The park is a forty five minute drive south of Washington, D.C. Year round cabin camping is available, along with hiking, fishing, RV camping, and backpacking.
Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this park offers a variety of activities and scenic views. There are four entrances, the northern entrance is located in Front Royal, VA. This park is a two hour drive west of Washington, D.C. Backpacking, auto touring, horseback riding, hiking on over 500 miles of trails, and climbing are just a few of the experiences Shenandoah has to offer.
Harper's Ferry is located in West Virginia, about an hour's drive west of Washington D.C. The park is next to the junction of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, along with the borders of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Activities include hiking (no overnight camping is available), nature walks, tours of the armory, Civil War history, and much more.
Did You Know?
Water temperatures in the Potomac can drop to freezing and ice will form along the banks. However, the water is moving too quickly through the Great Falls to completely freeze over.