Visit Fairfax County and Great Falls Park

February 20, 2019

Explore one of the nation’s first canals, see the Great Falls of the Potomac, enjoy a hike along Mather Gorge’s dramatic clifftops, and explore the museum exhibits and park film in the visitor center. You can do all of these things and more at Great Falls Park. These pages have information that will help you plan your trip.

Park hours are 7 a.m. until dark, every day. The three falls overlooks are located within a 5-10 minute walk from the visitor center and parking lots. Trail maps are available at the visitor center and entrance station.

Expect high crowds and delays entering the park on weekends and holidays when weather is nice. Please come early. Vehicle line to enter park begins around 10:30am or 11am. Wait time can be as much as 45 minutes to one hour. To expedite entrance payment, please have payment method ready before you reach the window. Exact change is preferred and helps shorten the entrance line by moving vehicles into the park more quickly.

SOURCE: National Park Service

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