Great Falls Park, McLean

4.8
#1 of 18 in Parks in Fairfax County
Great Falls Park covers 324 hectares (800 acres) of protected land along the Potomac River. This national park offers 24 km (15 mi) of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, as well as a designated picnic area where you can enjoy quiet time in nature. It’s just a short walk to the Great Falls to watch the Potomac River cascade over the edge and into the Mather Gorge. Experienced white-water rafters will enjoy the power of the Potomac, and climbers can try their skills in the designated climbing sites. Take the guesswork out of planning a McLean vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
Create an itinerary including Great Falls Park
map
Great Falls Park Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
1,109 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • I took a number of Freida who were vising the area. The view is breathtaking and very picturesque. We picnicked there but the bees were nuisance.  more »
  • There are two places to explore _ the Virginia side and the Maryland side. There is a national park visitor center on the Virginia side. There are walking trails that are well maintained, some are wee...  more »
  • The first overlook is the best view. The second overlook is for handicap people. If you continue on the River Trail there is a turn around that allows you to have a much easier path back to the visito...  more »

Plan your trip to McLean

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in McLean

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in McLean by other users

2 days in McLean BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in McLean BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 4 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in McLean BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in McLean BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, teens, popular PREFERENCES: September, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in McLean BY A USER FROM CANADA November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in United States BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 1 day in McLean BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 1 day in McLean BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, outdoors, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: August, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 1 day in McLean BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, museums, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in McLean BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans