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Great Falls Park

 

Contact Information:

Great Falls Park
9200 Old Dominion Drive
McLean, VA 22101
(703) 285-2965

Additional Information:
Official Park Page

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Books:
Frommer's Family Vacations in the National Parks
Fodor's Official Guide to America's National Parks
America's Spectacular National Parks
Wildlife Research and Management in the National Parks


Great Falls ParkGreat Falls Park, a site that is part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway, is an 800 acre park located along the Potomac River 14 miles upriver from Washington D.C. The park is known for two things, its scenic beauty at the head of Potomac River fall line and the historic Patowmack Canal.

The Visitor Center features a short slide program, which is shown throughout the day. Discover the 200-year old Patowmack Canal, considered an engineering feat of its time and George Washington's role as a leader in establishing this important trade and communication link into the western lands. See on display a preserved piece of a canal lock gate, revealing the craftsmanship, and ingenuity of the age and view a three dimensional diorama of the Great Falls and Patowmack Canal. Other displays feature geologic features of the Potomac River Gorge and Great Falls, floods, nature displays, and recreational activities. A hands-on touch table and other activities are located in the Children's Room.

Picnic tables and grills are available near the Visitor Center. Fifteen miles of trails provide ample hiking along the Potomac River Gorge below the Great Falls, along the historic Patowmack Canal (ask for a self-guided brochure at the Visitor Center), and along upland oak deciduous forest.

Fees:
Individual Pass - $3
Vehicle Pass - $5
Passes are valid for 3 consecutive days.
Annual Pass - $20

Getting There:
From I-495: Take Exit 44 Route 193 also named Georgetown Pike. Take 193 west. Turn right at Old Dominion Drive (approximately 4 1/2 miles). Straight 1 mile to entrance station. Parking, falls overlooks, and Visitor Center are all centrally located.