"Great Falls, VA" Great Falls by tracylacie

Great Falls Travel Guide: 25 reviews and 46 photos

The Beauty of Nature

Great Falls is an area on the Potomac River that is breathtaking. It is accessible from either the Maryland or the Virginia side. I use the Virginia side as it is closer. The Visitors' Center offers wonderful information on the areas past and present. There area guided tours at certain times of the year. The Park has wonderful areas for picnicing and bar-b-queing. It is a low cost way to spend the day and enjoy nature.

The entrance fee for Great Falls Park is $3.00 US and the pass is good for two days...but ...no camping!

There are many hiking trails in the area and these offer different views of the Potomac below.

Living the Wildlife...or with it!

The wildlife in the park is wonderful!! Numerous birdwatching groups come here. The many trails take you by the canals which George Washington helped create. You will travel by an old ruin of a once strong village that sat near the canals. The rocky terrain is wonderful for hill walkers or everyday people. It is not for those with disabilities as some of the trails are steep and there are some stairs along the trail.

There is fishing if you care to get close enough....the shore is rocky and when wet very dangerous....there is an average of 7 drownings here a year!

Crowded in the summer!

If you area planning a trip to the Falls early to mid spring is the best time....and early morning for the best undisturbed views of wildlife. If an afternoon picnic is your style then be prepared for crowds especially in summer!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Wonderful place to enjoy nature!
  • Cons:Lots of people with the same idea!
  • In a nutshell:Worth the $3.00 and more!
  • Last visit to Great Falls: Apr 2006
  • Intro Updated Sep 20, 2006
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  • luv2laughlots's Profile Photo
    Nov 30, 2006 at 6:12 AM

    I now know where my spring road trip is heading to! Great Falls....here I come......Enjoy riding.... there is nothing better!

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