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Great Falls Park, McLean

#1 of 24 in Parks in Fairfax County
Must see · National Park · Water Body
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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  • This was our first trip. We have a national park pass and were anxious to use it, the day was overcast and cool but still viewing of falls was beautiful. We went on a weekday so not crowded! We...  more »
  • A visit to this wonderful park is the perfect respite from the cityscapes of Washington D.C. Just a short drive from D.C., this park features many great hiking trails, abundant wildlife, historical.....  more »
  • 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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