At Great Falls, the Potomac River builds up speed and force as it falls over a series of steep, jagged rocks and flows through the narrow Mather Gorge. The Patowmack Canal offers a glimpse into the early history of this country. Great Falls Park has many opportunities to explore history and nature, all in a beautiful 800-acre park only 15 miles from the Nation's Capital.
A Destination for Recreation
Entrance Fees and Passes
The new $20 Annual Senior Pass, as well as additional America The Beautiful Passes are available at the Entrance Station.
River Regulations and Safety
Swimming and Wading are strictly prohibited at Great Falls Park due to the 30+ foot deep, deadly river currents. Know before you go!
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Get an inside perspective of Great Falls Park, including real time images and video posts. Also find out about park news and future events.
Become a Junior Ranger
Our younger visitors are often looking for fun ways to enjoy learning about our parks. Ask at the visitor center about our Jr Ranger books.
Explore the George Washington Parkway
Great Falls is just one place to visit along George Washington Memorial parkway. Discover historic homes, carousels, nature and more.
Last updated: June 14, 2018