• Great Falls of the Potomac in summer

    Great Falls

    Park Virginia

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  • No Water in Visitor Center Courtyard

    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 »

Permits

Permits are required for certain activities within the park. There is a fee for permit applications. These include:

  • Weddings
  • Catered picnics
  • Any activity in which participants are paying to participate, such as tours or classes
  • Religious services and ceremonies
  • Competitions, such as orienteering or trail races
  • Filming in the park

Incidental Business Permits are required for any business that will be bringing paying clients into the park for any reason, including:

  • Rock climbing
  • Horseback riding
  • Hiking tours
  • Kayaking, rafting, and canoeing

Additional information or to apply for a permit.

Did You Know?

Ice in the Potomac and Falls

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.