A Destination for Recreation

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.

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Entrance Fees and Passes

Great Falls annual passes and America the Beautiful passes are available at the Great Falls entrance station, and now online too!

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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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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.

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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: January 20, 2024

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Great Falls Park
c/o Turkey Run Park
George Washington Memorial Parkway

McLean, VA 22101


703 757-3101
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