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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.


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.

General Information

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:

  • Weddings may not be conducted on the Falls Overlooks, except for the concrete platform at Overlook 3.
  • Weddings may not restrict access of other visitors to paths or overlooks.
  • Wedding parties do not have exclusive use of the area in which they are conducting their ceremony. No area may be roped off or otherwise reserved.
  • No vehicles are allowed in the picnic area.
  • Posting of signs on trees or park signs is prohibited.
  • Alcohol is prohibited.
  • There are no covered areas or pavillions in the park.
  • Event tents, awnings and canopies are not permitted.
  • Chairs may be used for guests, but must be hand carried to the site.
  • Acoustic music is allowed as long as the sound level does not disturb other visitors.
  • Picnic tables and grills are first come, first serve. No reservations are accepted.
  • Standard entrance fees will apply. Photographers and other related professionals will be required to pay the entrance fee.
  • Parking is on a first come, first serve basis. Spaces may not be reserved. Handicap parking is available. On nice weekend days in the lat spring through early fall, it is common to have long entrance lines and waits to enter the park. Parking lots can also fill to capacity on busy days by mid afternoon.

Wedding Permits

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?

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...