• 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 »

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?

1996 Flood from Overlook 3

Rapid snow melts and heavy rains have caused floods at Great Falls Park. Floods have helped to create the unique natural environment in the park. They are one of the reasons why several rare plant communities exist here.