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 has been the location for many wedding ceremonies over the years. The most popular locations are near the Falls overlooks, which offer views of the waterfall and river. The picnic area by Overlook 3 has a nice view of the Falls with space for larger wedding parties. All wedding ceremonies held in the park require a permit.
On this page you will find general information, a printable brochure, important things to know about weddings at Great Falls, and permit information. Please review all information carefully and contact the park at 703-285-2965 with additional questions.
Anyone planning a wedding at Great Falls Park is encouraged to visit the park and inspect potential wedding sites. Wedding planners are encouraged to select at least two locations. A ranger or other staff member will be available to take you out to see potential sites and to explain the specifics about each location.
For a printable copy of our Wedding Information brochure, click on the document link below.
Wedding Information- Word document
Some important things to know:
All wedding ceremonies require a permit. Standard entrance fees apply for all wedding ceremonies.
To apply for a permit, call the George Washington Memorial Parkway permit office at 703-289-2513.
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...