COVID-19 UPDATE (AUGUST 1, 2021)
Great Falls Park is part of the National Park Service (NPS). Hiking trails and overlooks are open during normal park hours. Following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health officials, Great Falls Park Visitor Center is temporarily closed.
Before visiting, please check the NPS Great Falls Park website regarding changes to park operations.
At Great Falls, the Potomac River builds up speed and force as it falls over a series of steep, jagged rocks and flows through the narrow Mather Gorge.
A 1957 Conservancy booklet—published with support from partners—helped galvanize the public, the media, government officials, and other organizations in calling for a park at Great Falls on the Potomac River. The National Park Service protected the land in 1960 and Great Falls Park opened to the public in 1966.