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Great Falls Park

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  • Erik B.
    "Billy Goat trail is a great hike if you are up for it."(7 Tips)
    Chris
    "Great place w/helpful staff in the visitor center."(4 Tips)
    Mya M.
    "Great place to hike and bring parents when they're in town."(23 Tips)
    Andy F.
    "Check out the River Trail!"(3 Tips)
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  • Hamid A.
    Hamid AlanMarch 10
    You never know what could find hiking there 😊 very nice scenery
  • Wrigley F.
    Wrigley FielderNovember 30, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Pet-friendly park. Arrive early to beat the crowds. Not accessible by public transit is a fail. Picnic tables near the visitor center and a snack bar window make it perfect to bring the dog. 🐶🍁🍃🍂
  • Nicole B.
    Nicole BainAugust 20, 2016
    Beautiful park that is definitely worth seeing. $10 per car to get into the park.
  • Maryam A.
    I went there today and it was raining . I love the rain and the water falls were amazing . .good nature. Time to remeber for life
  • Mohammed A.
    Mohammed AlyousefApril 3, 2016
    Great park for hiking and seeing the falls
  • Paige C.
    Paige CMarch 27, 2016
    Beautiful park and hiking trails!
  • Sibel O.
    Sibel OzturkMarch 17, 2016
    Must be seen
  • Bumble B.
    Bumble BeeFebruary 13, 2016
    Descent place....
  • Susana Z.
    Susana ZhuoFebruary 2, 2016
    Beautiful trails and scenery. Nice place to get away from the "city life"
  • Joe D.
    Joe DJanuary 30, 2016
    Note to future Joe: Go to the Maryland side
  • Mary W.
    Mary W.December 26, 2015
    Beautiful place to hike :)
  • Sunira M.
    Sunira MosesNovember 9, 2015
    Came on a Monday in November. No crowds, absolutely gorgeous.
  • Таша П.
    Таша ПаскалOctober 17, 2015
    Good view from everywhere. You can see another state at another side of the river.
  • Erik B.
    Erik BrokOctober 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Billy Goat trail is a great hike if you are up for it.
  • Dhanu K.
    Dhanu KarkiSeptember 18, 2015
    We had enjoyed a lots..really nice place to explore the nature.
  • Simon K.
    Simon KSeptember 14, 2015
    Really liked the Billy Goat Trail. Try it!
  • Mikki B.
    Mikki BarryAugust 22, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Beware copperhead snakes. Easy to avoid but be careful.
  • Mikki B.
    Mikki BarryAugust 22, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    This park is the best! Obey the signs please. Do not drown. We live near the park and hear the sirens way too often.
  • Omar a.
    Omar al-D 🇶🇦April 18, 2015
    Amazing views of the waterfall depending on how far you go hiking!
  • Anna S.
    Anna SotnikovaMarch 22, 2015
    5$ per vehicle good for 3 visits.
  • We Travel A.
    We Travel And BlogJanuary 16, 2015
    Best place to snap a sunrise shot of the falls is the Virginia side! Such gorgeous nature so close to civilization!
  • Anna S.
    Anna SotnikovaNovember 2, 2014
    Check the traffic on weekends! We spent 40 minutes at the entrance on Saturday.
  • Joe G.
    Joe GizziOctober 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out the high water marks! Great hiking year round.
  • Erik B.
    Erik BrokOctober 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place for a barbecue with friends. Grills are avaliable. Park closes at sundown
  • Mya M.
    Mya McDuffieSeptember 22, 2014
    Great place to hike and bring parents when they're in town. Beautiful water falls.
  • Lina
    LinaSeptember 6, 2014
    The trails are nice and the waterfalls are really awesome, did not expect to see this breathtaking view!
  • Steve L.
    Steve LogesSeptember 2, 2014
    Scenic views
  • Jenna
    JennaAugust 13, 2014
    Beautiful scenery, very relaxing. It's hard to believe that such a beautiful place is so close to the city areas.
  • Frank N.
    Frank NiepoldAugust 8, 2014
    Beautiful waterfalls!
  • Dustin H.
    Dustin HaleyAugust 7, 2014
    Absolutely gorgeous place, biking from Georgetown makes for a perfect day trip.
  • RC
    RCAugust 7, 2014
    The views from any overlook you choose is simply amazing !
  • Ali N.
    Ali NabaviMay 27, 2014
    Very beautiful views! Only five bucks to get in.
  • Anthony C.
    Anthony C.May 25, 2014
    The worst traffic set up...more time spent in the car getting into the park than in the park.
  • Sophie A.
    Sophie AlkhanbeshiMay 21, 2014
    The river trail 👌
  • Kathryn G.
    Kathryn GoetzkeMay 8, 2014
    Amazing park, a spiritual oasis between dc and baltimore!
  • Roger Y.
    Roger YankoupeApril 28, 2014
    Pretty awesome
  • Nesrin K.
    Nesrin K.April 22, 2014
    Perfect place for hiking and/or relaxing...go early...$5 for entrance and cash is quicker...Instead bringing lunch try BBQ, it is more fun...restrooms are miserable but who cares.
  • Carla F.
    Carla FalconiApril 2, 2014
    You might as well get a year-long parking pass. It's $20, and goes to a good cause! You'll get your money's worth in 4 visits.
  • Natasha G.
    Natasha G.March 16, 2014
    Don't use the restroom
  • Ben G.
    Ben GoldenMarch 9, 2014
    A pleasant riverside stroll, a bit populated on the weekends, but still good times
  • Marc M.
    Marc MayersonMarch 9, 2014
    For my oldest son's bar mitzvah, went hikeing the billy goat trail. Hired two guides (John Fishback is one.) Special back packs with their lunch/water provided. Bussed all from hotel to BG-location.
  • Vanessa G.
    Vanessa GatlinFebruary 25, 2014
    "Admission to Great Falls Park in Fairfax County (pictured above) is just $3. The path is challenging at points, but views of the Potomac dotted with kayaks are worth it."-via Daily Candy
  • Vitaliy P.
    Vitaliy PetrovJanuary 31, 2014
    www.plannertravel.org is the best! forever! bingo! very well!!!
  • Vitaliy P.
    Vitaliy PetrovJanuary 31, 2014
    welcome in TravelPlanner - www.plannertravel.org
  • Vitaliy P.
    Vitaliy PetrovJanuary 31, 2014
    very good!
  • Burak B.
    Burak BaliJanuary 30, 2014
    You gotta go there man,if i come there man :P
  • Artin A.
    Artin AfsharjavanDecember 31, 2013
    A must see!
  • Norman E.
    Norman EnglandNovember 10, 2013
    Make sure you bring a bike lock if you're going to want to see the falls
  • Joe D.
    Joe DNovember 4, 2013
    Incredibly beautiful park ~20min from downtown Arlington. Busy, but great trails lining the river which are not to be missed. ~1.5-2hr for a hike along the water, looping back to the Visitor Center
  • Damien M.
    Damien MianoOctober 14, 2013
    The best trails... And a beautiful place for a nice long walk or bike ride
  • Olivia J.
    Olivia JaneSeptember 15, 2013
    Gorgeous park!
  • Jaya P.
    Jaya PunethaSeptember 14, 2013
    Fun for hiking and a picnic! Gorgeous views
  • Tyra W.
    Tyra W.September 7, 2013
    On a beautiful today like today, go early, otherwise you'll be in line forever. Also if you want to grill, the earlier the better.
  • OMAR M.
    OMAR MukhareshAugust 17, 2013
    Great trip with lovely scenery & nature
  • Ray W.
    Ray WilliamsAugust 13, 2013
    For $5 bucks you have great trails and beautiful views
  • Yetta B.
    Yetta BungieAugust 11, 2013
    There are several trails. Choose one according to difficulty and scenery. Remember you also have to hike it back.
  • Mire S.
    Mire SotoJuly 20, 2013
    Beautiful park
  • Jae J.
    Jae JungJuly 14, 2013
    Wonderful trail to hike on. Plenty of opportunistic areas to hike, fish, or kayak on. Great people surrounded by the wonderful wildlife. Careful of copperheads while rock climbing though.
  • Bee R.
    Bee ReneeJuly 10, 2013
    Beautiful, no crowds around sunset.
  • D W.
    D WJuly 5, 2013
    Rescue crew trying to find someone.
  • Saqib S.
    Saqib ShamimJune 29, 2013
    Extremely scenic beauty
  • Matt D.
    Matt DickerMay 28, 2013
    They accept credit cards for the entry fee.
  • Bahaa 👑📷
    Bahaa 👑📷May 17, 2013
    Awesome place and amazing views
  • Rebekah N.
    Rebekah NApril 13, 2013
    Loved loved loved. My new favorite retreat from the city life. Climb the rocks along the water.
  • Breezy
    BreezyApril 8, 2013
    Fantastic! Def enjoyed such a beautiful site.
  • Melissa K.
    Melissa KopkaApril 1, 2013
    Nasty, disgusting bathrooms...!
  • Alicia D.
    Alicia DunnFebruary 20, 2013
    River Trail is has a lot of gorgeous stopping points to take in the scenery. Even though it's only a few miles, it will take a while to complete. Don't plan to rush through.
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkFebruary 14, 2013
    The trails are challenging but always fulfilling because eventually you are going to see the well-known twenty foot waterfalls. The serenity is priceless and all trails are wheelchair friendly.
  • trippNfallN
    trippNfallNJanuary 5, 2013
    Come just before sunset and it's free!
  • Brendan H.
    Brendan HayesNovember 13, 2012
    Park at Riverbend Park just down the road for free then hike to Great Falls Park via the roughly 2 mile long Mine Run Trail along the river. No fees, same great day!
  • Cody M.
    Cody MullinsNovember 11, 2012
    $5 per vehicle, $3 per person if walking in. Oh, and there is a line of cars on nice days.
  • Vongell L.
    Vongell LugoNovember 4, 2012
    Amazing attraction and the view of the falls is breathtaking! A must see for anyone in the DMV area!
  • Jacenta
    JacentaOctober 26, 2012
    It's great. This is the nest time of year to come.
  • Visit Fairfax
    Visit FairfaxSeptember 19, 2012
    Enjoy the majestic outdoors at this scenic park just outside of DC. There are 3 outlooks for prime viewing, many trails and picnic areas and a helpful visitor center with an interactive museum.
  • Elliot V.
    Elliot VolkmanSeptember 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Bringing cash helps the line go quicker for everyone. $5 for parking
  • Emily R.
    Emily R.September 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Swamp trail is challenging, try it out.
  • Yavuz I.
    Yavuz InanliJuly 9, 2012
    get there early to beat the line of cars at the entrance
  • Michael Kathryn W.
    Michael Kathryn WrightJune 16, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    You can park on Stable Lane and walk across MacArthur Blvd to enter Great Falls Park
  • Katrina K.
    Katrina KuhnJune 16, 2012
    Great views all around! Make sure to get here early (before 12). The line to get in gets super long afterward.
  • Erin B.
    Erin BoykinJune 13, 2012
    Fun place to take a walk or go hiking.
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
    Clamber over rocks and walk as rigorously as you want—trails vary in difficulty. - June issue 2012
  • Jamal T.
    Jamal TolsonMay 9, 2012
    You have to get in some rock scrambling time along the river. Plus the view is spectacular!!
  • Millie C.
    Millie CampbellApril 21, 2012
    National park week!!!
  • Capital Spice
    Capital SpiceApril 2, 2012
    20 foot waterfalls in DC. Who knew?
  • Matt C.
    Matt CerilliApril 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get out of the house, bring the dog and go for a nice relaxing walk.
  • Jack S.
    Jack ScottFebruary 14, 2012
    don't swim, it's human waste
  • Matthew T.
    Matthew TreatJanuary 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Not just roams the neighborhood .... stalks the mayor as well.
  • Michael Kathryn W.
    Michael Kathryn WrightJanuary 19, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    A sketchy guy named Matt T sometimes roams the neighborhood, you can give him a dollar if you feel bad for him
  • Matthew T.
    Matthew TreatJanuary 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    the Mayor here sucks!
  • Jack D.
    Jack DiamondNovember 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Stunning. Bring your camera.
  • Charlie R.
    Charlie RinerNovember 26, 2011
    The spot where the old Patowmack Canal completes the by-pass of the rapids and boats enter back into the river.
  • Charlie R.
    Charlie RinerNovember 26, 2011
    Lots of great views away from the overlooks.
  • Charlie R.
    Charlie RinerNovember 26, 2011
    Follow the hiking trails on the perimeter of the park and enjoy the spectacular views of the Potomac.
  • Joey D.
    Joey DrauszewskiNovember 8, 2011
    Beautiful place to spend a day. Go rockclimbing!
  • Marlon R.
    Marlon RoxasOctober 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    overlook trail is kid friendly
  • Karl L.
    Karl LewisOctober 21, 2011
    Watch the blue herons while the buzzards stretch their wings at sunrise to dry off the dew.
  • David K.
    David KaaAugust 21, 2011
    Don't go over the falls in a barrel.
  • Daniel H.
    Daniel HenryAugust 12, 2011
    Jump the fence and play on the cliffs. Excellent parkour and freeclimbing to be had!
  • Timothy Q.
    Timothy QuickJuly 24, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Go early, set-up in a shady area (Probably take an umbrella) and lounge all day!
  • Timothy Q.
    Timothy QuickJuly 24, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Find a nice shady area, and kick-back for the day!
  • Hossam A.
    Hossam AlfraihMarch 14, 2015
    المكان مناسب لقضاء وقت رائع مع العائلة والأصدقاء حيث تتوفر جلسات يمكن فيها الشواء أو تناول وجبة في أجواء رائعة، إضافة لعدد ثلاث مطلات (أفضلها الثاني) لمشاهدة الشلال.رسوم الدخول ٥ دولارات شاملة الموقف.
  • Hossam A.
    Hossam AlfraihMarch 14, 2015
    Unless you are aiming for sport, avoid it and go to Great Falls Park. المكان غير مناسب للأطفال والعوائل، ينصح بالتوجه إلى المنتزه نفسه والمسمى Great Falls Park.
  • Ann G.
    Ann GogolevaDecember 7, 2014
    Очень приятное место для прогулок в любое время года. Но одевайтесь теплее. На мостах может быть сильный ветер.
  • Reginaldo S.
    Reginaldo SantosFebruary 2, 2014
    iuhooo.demaiss.
  • Paloma F.
    Paloma FerreiraFebruary 2, 2014
    kk sou portugues... é muito lindo este lugar
  • Paloma F.
    Paloma FerreiraFebruary 2, 2014
    és muy hermoso !
  • Daniclei T.
    Daniclei TIM BETAJanuary 30, 2014
    muito bom esse lugar
  • sylvia p.
    sylvia putryJanuary 29, 2014
    Tempat tinggal impian.. hahahaah
  • italo o.
    italo oliveiraJanuary 27, 2014
    lugar muito bom algum dia quero ir la.
  • Hussein M.
    Hussein MusaadJuly 7, 2013
    ما اجمل نبات تلك الحديقه .. ونهرها المتدفق باستمرار
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