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Great Falls Park, McLean

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National Park · Water Body
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Great Falls Park covers 324 hectares (800 acres) of protected land along the Potomac River. This national park offers 24 km (15 mi) of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, as well as a designated picnic area where you can enjoy quiet time in nature. It’s just a short walk to the Great Falls to watch the Potomac River cascade over the edge and into the Mather Gorge. Experienced white-water rafters will enjoy the power of the Potomac, and climbers can try their skills in the designated climbing sites. Take the guesswork out of planning a McLean vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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  • May have been my first time visiting, but will not be the last. I have to come back next spring when the visitor center re-opens but just wandering around the observation points was excellent. Even....  more
    May have been my first time visiting, but will not be the last. I have to come back next spring when the visitor center re-opens but just wandering around the observation points was excellent. Even....  more »
  • Was visiting son in Alexandria VA and went to this park on the Maryland side. It was only about a 30 minute drive but a world away from the city. A beautiful rugged oasis with a range of trails... 
    Was visiting son in Alexandria VA and went to this park on the Maryland side. It was only about a 30 minute drive but a world away from the city. A beautiful rugged oasis with a range of trails...  more »
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  • A beautiful park, well-maintained featuring its natural attributes splendidly. The observation areas are well situated for everyone, including the physical-challenged people. Many shaded areas for families to picnic or just simply taking a break to take in the views. We really enjoyed walking, hiking along the river trail. The trail took us right to the edges of many cliffs, showing the spectacular views of the water. A great area to enjoy nature, just a few steps from the hustle of the city. A must visit in the DC area.
  • I love Great Falls park for a good day out in nature. There are so many hikes and trails to choose from and can be for all level of hikers/walkers. Its also a great spot for just a picnic or finding look out points over Potomac. I'm pleasantly surprised at the level of care and maintenance that goes into this large of an area including keeping trails clear. Entry fee to the park is $20/car without a National parks annual pass. Love coming back here.

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