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9 mi 15 km of trail 2 Featured Runs

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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.

Local Info

Visitor Center:
The visitor center is open daily. Open 10 am to 4 pm during daylight savings time, and 10 am to 5 pm the rest of the year.

Visiting Tips

Great Falls Park is open year round from 7 am to 30 minutes after sunset. The park is closed December 25.

Fees & Passes:
To learn more about park fees, click here.

Camping & Lodging

Great Falls Park is a day use only park with no camping permitted. There are many options for camping in the area. Visit the park's website for recommendations on nearby camping.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download a variety of free brochures to help plan your visit, click here

Other Activities

The park offers many recreational opportunities, from a picnic with family and friends, to a run, ride, or hike along the Potomac River. Enjoy bird watching or fishing along the river, or if you are feeling adventurous, head out onto the Potomac for some whitewater kayaking or canoeing. Note that the Potomac River has many challenging currents, standing waves, and hydraulics. Swimming, wading, and tubing are not allowed.

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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#1 River Trail
Great Falls, VA
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Great Falls, VA
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Tysons Corner, VA
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#4 Matildaville Trail
Great Falls, VA
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Great Falls, VA
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#6 Swamp Trail
Great Falls, VA
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Great Falls, VA
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#8 Ridge Trail
Great Falls, VA
1.4 mi 2.3 km Great Falls, VA
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