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Home > Visit a Gateway > Great Falls Park
Great Falls Park - McLean, VA
Activities:

Great Falls Park Visitor Center:The Visitor Center is within walking distance of the falls overlooks.

Falls Overlooks:The Great Falls of the Potomac can be viewed within a short walk of the visitor center. The overlooks date to the early 20th century when the land was a private amusement park, and Washington, D.C., residents arrived by train.

Ranger-led programs:Join a National Park Ranger for a tour of the park. These include history and nature walks to points of interest, and Overlook talks at the scenic Overlook #2. Daily programs are always posted in the visitor center and outside bulletin boards, or call (703) 285-2966.

Park Trails:Great Falls Park has 15 miles of trails for hiking and exploring. Along the blue-blazed River Trail are places to view the rugged Potomac River and Mather Gorge. A park trail map and a self-guiding brochure for the Patowmack Canal Trail are available at the Visitor Center. Five miles of multiple use trails provide for horseback riding and bicycling.

Picnicking:Picnic tables and some grills are available but cannot be reserved. There are no picnic shelters. You may bring your own grill, but please use charcoal or artificial fuels. The picnic area is near the visitor center.

Birding and Wildlife Viewing Educational Programs Fishing Hiking Picnicking Tours / Walking Tours Canoeing / Kayaking
Size: 800 acres
Accessibility: Handicap Parking is available. Visitor Center and falls overlook #2 (200 yards from Visitor Center) are handicap accessible.

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