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 not located on any public transportation routes. There is no access to public transportation from the park by foot or bicycle.
The closest Metro stations to the park are Dunn Loring and West Falls Church, on the Orange Line. Both stations are located seven to ten miles away from the park. Once it opens in late fall 2013, the new McLean station on the Silver Line will be the closest station to the park. To get to the park from any of these Metro stations, it will be necessary to take a cab. Visit Metro's website for more details.
The park is close to two major airports. Dulles International is sixteen miles from the park. Reagan International, which does have Metro access, is located twenty miles from the park. Cab service is available from both locations.
The closest major train station is located in Washington D.C. Union Station has Metro access, and trains also run to BWI International Airport, near Baltimore. It is possible to take Metro from Union Station to West Falls Church, and then to take a cab the rest of the way to the park.
For information on Public Transportation for the George Washington Memorial Parkway, click here.
For information on Public Transportation in Washington, D.C., click here.
Did You Know?
George Washington started the Patowmack Canal Company at Great Falls. The canal took seventeen years to build, and was one of the first canals built in the United States. More...