• Great Falls of the Potomac in summer

    Great Falls

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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.

Where To Eat

A snack bar is located in the Visitor Center courtyard. The snack bar is open seasonally from March through November, and offers light snacks, hot dogs, pizza, french fries, and drinks.

Current Snack Bar Hours:

Open Wednesday- Sunday, 10-4.
Bottled water is sold in the park's bookstore during visitor center hours on Mondays and Tuesdays only.

There are no vending machines in the park.

Dining options in nearby towns include a variety of restaurants. The two closest towns are McLean and Great Falls. To reach McLean, proceed straight through the traffic light on Old Dominion Drive at the entrance to the park. To reach Great Falls, turn right at the traffic light onto Georgetown Pike. Other nearby places are Tysons Corner, Reston, Herndon, and Arlington.

Did You Know?

Low water during the summer months

The Potomac River changes dramatically throughout the year at Great Falls. The park and falls overlooks are open year round, and each season offers a different experience.