• 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 »

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?

Women viewing the falls in the 1920's

People used to ride a trolley to visit Great Falls Park. Dancing, a dinner at the inn, a walk down a lover's lane, and viewing the falls at night were all favorite activities.