Great Falls National Park, MD

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Great Falls National Park, MD Reviews

jethanad jethanad
14 reviews
GREAT Falls for a day trip outside DC Jun 14, 2015
I visited the Great Falls Park Virginia this time. Two days ago I had visited the Maryland side, when everybody else wanted to do their own thing. I spent four hours hiking there. This is a beautiful park with several miles of trail and offers activities for every one, including picnicking, hiking, fishing, rock climbing and kayaking(for the experienced,venturesome). There are several miles of trail, many scenic outlooks, many access points to the Potomac River. The large size of the park allows for maximum privacy and quiet.

The only problem noticed was it is not metro accessible , which means you have to drive to get there, or worse, you have to take a taxi from the last metro station from the Silver line on the Virginia side. On the plus side, its inaccessibility also makes this park less crowded, more peaceful.


The park closes at sunset. Over night, primitive campsites are only available on the Maryland side of the park.
Great Falls , VA
Great Falls , VA
Great Falls , VA
Great Falls , VA
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jethanad says:
:) :( no, in another lifetime perhaps. Nowhere close to the skill and experience required
Posted on: Jun 17, 2015
traveller142009 says:
Did you try kayaking up the falls? It's incredible to watch and probably crazy to try it! It's my favorite park to visit on both sides.
Posted on: Jun 17, 2015
nolan says:
I know that lifetime senior pass. My Dad was able to get one when we visited the Grand Canyon. Much better than paying $20-30 each time you enter a National Park.
Posted on: Jun 14, 2015
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nikicole82 nikicole…
3 reviews
Just steps from the chaos of the Nation's capital Jun 08, 2011
There are two sides to the fall - the Maryland side, or the Virginia. Both sides offer amazing viewpoints and a quiet respite from the chaos of Washington. Both offer a variety of outdoor experiences, whether you are into hardcore kayaking (seriously - HARDCORE) or hiking. Or if you just prefer to go for an nice walk, have a BBQ and picnic - this is the place. It is less than a 30 minute drive from DC and costs a bout $3-4. USD per car to enter the park. And that is a 72 hour pass.

The falls are very beautiful and offer so many photo ops, but the park in itself is so nice to have this close to a major city and the commotion that ensues. It is relaxing and offers fresh air and a way to clear your mind.

Highly recommended for any DC visit. On my top 5.
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littlemollica littlemo…
18 reviews
Inexpensive Outdoor Fun! Sep 03, 2008
Great Falls National Historic Park is part of the C&O Canal and full of history! Established in 1954, it boasts 2 replica canal boats, boat rides on select days, guided tours, and outstanding nature viewing. Parking at the park will cost you $5 (3-day pass) and is ample. A short walk from the parking lot is a visitor center/museum, a snack shop, and the first Falls viewing point.

Head down the path 1/4 mile and you find yourself at the next falls viewing point. Cross this bridge and head to the other side of the island and you'll see a fantastic view of what the river has to offer!

If you're in to biking, you can bike any part or all of the 184-mile C&O canal trail. Best suited for mountain bikes! Otherwise, canoeing and kayaking are allowed at various points on the river.

It is strongly advised to bring a camera as there's lots to see!
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jennjeff1 jennjeff1
143 reviews
Great Falls National Park just 15 miles North of Dwontown Washington, DC May 06, 2000
This is an excellent area to explore nature so close to Washington, DC. There is also the historical Patowmack Canal which was integral to the development of America's East Coast region.

The walkways, footpaths and bridges cross over rushing waters flowing into the Potomac River, which is actually a tidal water system closer to the National Capital located 15 miles to the south.

The area is a well-preserved mecca of natural beauty and well worth a visit if you have time to see the area around Washington, DC when the traffic is lighter during the middle of the day on the Capital Beltway.

Great Falls National Park is part of the George Washington National Parkway. Relax and enjoy this 800 acre park as water flows over the steep, jagged rocks and the narrow Mather Gorge. Whitewater just minutes north of the White House!
Great Falls National Park, MD.
Great Falls National Park, MD.
Great Falls National Park, MD.
Great Falls National Park, MD.
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metroguy says:
definitely I will check this place,not far from NYC.
Posted on: Jul 02, 2008

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