Great Falls Park
4 mi 6 km of trail — 0 Featured Rides
Located only 15 miles from the nation's capital, Great Falls Park is a beautiful 800-acre park with many opportunities to explore nature and history. Explore the narrow Mather Gorge where the Potomac River builds up speed and falls over a series of steep and jagged rocks. The scenic falls feature several 20-foot waterfalls and cascading rapids, with a total 76-foot drop in elevation over a distance of less than a mile. The Patowmack Canal offers a glimpse into the early history of this country. Nearly a half million people come to Great Falls Park each year to explore one of the nation's first canals, see the Great Falls of the Potomac, or enjoy an outing along Mather Gorge's dramatic clifftops.
To learn more about Great Falls Park, visit www.nps.gov.
Fees & Passes:
- Private Vehicle: $10 for 3 days
- Individual: $5 for 3 days
- Great Falls Park Annual Pass: $30 per year
- Purchase an annual pass for all national parks sites, $80
To learn more about park fees, click here.
Camping & Lodging
Food & Drink
Bottled water is sold in the park's bookstore during visitor center hours on Monday and Tuesday only. There are no vending machines in the park. There are a variety of restaurants and dining options in the nearby towns, the closest of which are McLean and Great Falls.
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Additionally, Great Falls Park has some of the best rock climbing in the immediate vicinity of Washington, D.C. Visit Great Falls Park's website for more information on the park's other activities.
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