Things To Know Before You Come
Check out Traffic & Travel Tips for advice about driving along the parkway.
There is no camping available on the parkway.
Where To Eat
Meals are available at the Columbia Island Marina and Indigo Landing restaurants. Snacks are available at the Columbia Island Marina, Washington Sailing Marina, and Great Falls snack bars
You may bring your pet with you to the park. With the exception of service animals, pets are not permitted in historic homes, in visitor centers, or on ranger-led programs.
At all times, pets must be restrained on a leash no longer than six feet in length. Leashes protect dogs from becoming lost and from other hazards, such as sick, injured, or rabid animals. Leashes also help protect park resources, including wildlife and vegetation.
Pet owners are responsible for disposing of pet waste in a trash can.
Pets should not be left unattended. Summer sunshine poses a threat to pets left in vehicles. On a bright, sunny day, even in temperatures as low as 60° F, temperatures inside a vehicle can reach dangerous levels. On an 85-degree day, the temperature inside a car—even with the windows cracked—can reach over 100 degrees within 10 minutes.
Choose clothing appropriate for the weather and activity you have chosen and bring enough water. Many sites do not have running water; occasionally water fountains and restrooms may not work at sites that do.
Check for ticks, as Lyme disease can occur in this area. If you are walking through tall grass, consider wearing long pants and using insect repellent.
Poison ivy is found throughout the park. Learn to identify and avoid it.
For your safety and the safety of park wildlife, don't feed the animals. Animals who have been fed may come to expect food from humans. This might lead them to approach people who will hurt them, get hit by a car while hanging out near people, or get sick from eating the wrong food.
Do not leave valuables in a parked car. Place them out of sight before arriving at your destination or carry them with you during your visit. Items have been stolen from cars at several sites, including Turkey Run Park and Great Falls Park.
Did You Know?
Great Falls Park is the northernmost site of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. One of the nation's first canals can be seen here. More...