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Great Falls National Park is a beautiful 800-acre recreation area located just 15 minutes from Washington, DC. We arrived early enough to avoid the crowds but, as we were leaving, there was a line of cars attempting to come in. There’s lots to do at the park such as hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, picnicking but NO SWIMMING. Sadly, there have been several drownings due to the currents.

Great Falls Waterfalls
Great Falls

Great Falls
Great Falls

Great Falls Narrowest part of the Potomac
Narrowest part of the Potomac ~ Mather Gorge

Great Falls Kayaking
Kayaking is popular at Great Falls

Great Falls Rock Climbing
Rock Climbing in progress

Great Falls High Water marks
High Water mark at Great Falls ~ water was definitely at a low mark on our visit

Great Falls, VA USA
Climbing down to the rocks & water

Great Falls On the rocks
On the rocks

Great Falls Blog

Great Falls III

If you decide to go, the park is open daily except for Christmas Day. Entrance fee is $5 per vehicle but there are plenty of free pass opportunities such as Active Duty Military can get a year pass for free. There are picnic tables and grills which are available on a first come, first serve basis. By 11:00 am, most were already taken ~ not surprising since it was a gorgeous Saturday morning. For more info, click here.

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