Great Falls Park, McLean

4.7
#1 of 24 in Parks in Fairfax County
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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  • If you decide to venture out to the Great Falls Park, have a Plan B in mind. Once the parking lot is full, no one may have access to it. You may want to explore additional options and return in a...  more »
  • Absolutely loved visiting this national park. Hiking along the falls was an adventure with beautiful views and wonderful photo ops. Some spots were difficult to traverse but we'll worth it once you...  more »
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  • Wow, had no idea something this great was so close! Beautiful views from every overlook, and you will leave with an understanding of Geo. Washington's vision for a canal. I've visited the southern end of the Park at Mt. Vernon many times in my life, but the northwestern-most end is really a stunning visit. Highly recommended!
  • Great Falls is so much fun! Make sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes. It would be wise to bring a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated as well. There's tables to enjoy your packed lunch. There's parking and bathrooms too. Great Falls also sells food and beverages. I really like the Virginia side but it's beautiful no matter what side and it only takes a moment to see both sides.

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