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Great views and good hike

We, a group of 8 females, walked/hiked the River trail. There were some rocks and a few leaves have... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Beautiful park

I visited the Great Falls Park on a Sunday. It has such great views, mainly provided by the falls... read more

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

The Park is NOT a best kept secret, it has become a local destination. Close in to DC and yet a real natural experience. The Falls are truly majestic to view at varying times of the year...always changing. Quiet surroundings, yet filled with interesting people.

Thank Dan K
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Reviewed 24 March 2018

Do not expect to have a very strenuous walk here (unless you run) and you will probably encounter many other people with dogs, children, kayaks and even some climbers (the routes look short). Definitely worthwhile.

Thank Rico M
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Reviewed 20 March 2018

I‘m embarrassed to say, I’ve been living in the region for decades, and although I’ve seen the gorge from the Billy Goat Trail on the Maryland side many times, I had never made it to the overlooks on the Virginia side until recently. It really is beautiful to see and experience the falls from the VA side overlooks! We had entered Great Falls National Park by hiking south along the river from Riverbend Regional Park. Also, the Virginia bluebells will be blooming soon - another sight not to miss! Historically, Virginia Bluebells are at their peak bloom the second week of April, but they are blooming sooner in recent years. In addition to Great Falls and Riverbend, other good parks to see the Virginia Bluebells are Bull Run Regional Park, Stone Bridge at Manassas Battlefield, Cub Run Valley Stream Park, and Merrimac Farm. Better than the DC cherry blossoms, IMHO.

5  Thank manateesneedsprings
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

The park has several trails from very easy to a bit more difficult. Great views on the Potomac River and the Great Falls. The path along the canal is easy to walk with beautiful scenery. Sometimes you can see deer and other wildlife. Several trails are available off the main trail. Plenty of parking.

1  Thank MLovei
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

This place is a real treat.
Its easy to find- you have two choices, depending on where you are coming from. We were on the Virginia side, so we got the full visitors Center experience.

Start your visit at the visitors center. Learn about what you are about to see. The history of the are is surprising- the use of locks on the river for navigation of the river for trade, life in the area, animal life, etc.

The falls themselves are beautiful. The sheer power that you feel as you watch the water thunder down the rocks is impressive. We were luck y to visit the park after some rain, so the water was in full display.

Families can visit this are in less than an hour- depending on the attention span of everyone. We spent about 2 hours there and didn't see everything. Bring your hiking shoes

1  Thank Bodacious123
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