Summer is almost over and it’s almost time for us to welcome Fall. One of the great place in the Washington area during Fall is the Great Falls Park, an 800-acre park located along the Potomac River. AT only few miles of downtown Washington, DC, this park is one of the most popular with local residents and tourists who are visiting the area.
Great Falls Park offers a variety of activities including hiking, picnicking, kayaking, rock climbing, bicycling, and horseback riding. Above the Great Falls Park Visitor Center, you can follow the upper Canal Trail and view the head of the falls and the Aqueduct Dam. On the Maryland side, the Billy Goat Trail is one of the most popular scenic places to explore.
Great Falls Park is accessible from both sides of the Potomac River. The Virginia park is located at 9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, Virginia.
The Maryland side is a part of the C & O Canal National Historic Park and is located off of Falls Road in Potomac. There is not access between the two sides of the Potomac River.
Great Falls Park is open from 7 a.m. until dark every day except December 25th. The Visitor Center is open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily, with extended hours during the spring and summer.
There is an entrance fee of $5.00 per vehicle, including motorcycles and a $3.00 fee for visitors entering the park on foot, horseback, or bicycle.
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