• 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 »

  • 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.

Traffic & Travel Tips

Here are some travel tips and information for getting to the park.

  • On nice weekend days during the spring, summer, and fall, arriving before noon will help you to avoid the lines to get into the park.
  • Because of heavy traffic in this area, giving yourself extra time to get to the park, especially if you are meeting people, is highly recommended.
  • The times of heaviest traffic in the D.C. area are from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. on weekdays. On weekends, it can vary.
  • Be aware that I-66 inside the beltway is HOV-2 (high-occupancy vehicle, two or more passengers) from 6:30 to 9 a.m. going East and from 4 to 6:30 p.m. going West, Monday through Friday. You must have two or more people in your vehicle in order to drive on I-66 during those hours. Outside the beltway, there is a restricted HOV lane.
  • Other HOV information can be found on the Virginia Department of Transportation website.

Did You Know?

Upper portion of the Patowmack Canal

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...