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Hiking / Picnic Great Falls (Va. side)

  • Great Falls National Park, VA

    9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA (map)

    39.006704 -77.255638

  • Meet near parking lot on visitor center side, will have a blue balloon
  • Great Falls Park is a great place for lite hiking and offers an incredible view of the Potomac River and the falls. We will hike for approximately an hour and then have a bring your own picnic. The park provides a picnic area including tables and enough room for frisbee, soccer, etc.

    Great Falls Park is close by near McLean on Old Dominion Road. This is a good beginner hike with nice paths and some minor rock climbing.

    Park Fees

    * $3.00 Individual Pass. Good for three consecutive days for individuals coming into the park on foot, horseback, or bicycle.
    * $5.00 Vehicle Pass. Good for three consecutive days for one vehicle, including motorcycles.
    * $20.00 Annual Pass. Good for one year from the date of purchase in Great Falls Park and C&O Canal National Historical Park in Maryland.

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    Directions

    From the Beltway (I-495):

    Take exit 44 for Route 193, Georgetown Pike.
    At the top of the exit ramp, there is a traffic light. If you are exiting from I-495 South, coming from Maryland and the George Washington Memorial Parkway, take a right at the light onto Route 193 West. If you are coming from I-495 North (the Inner Loop) from points south or I-66, you will take a left at the traffic light onto Route 193 West. About three miles down the road, you will come to another traffic light at the intersection of Old Dominion Dr. At the traffic light, you will see a sign for the park. Make a right at the light. Old Dominion Drive will dead end at our entrance station, about one mile down the road.

    From I-66:

    Take the I-495 North exit. Once on the Beltway, take the next exit, Exit 44, and follow the directions from I-495. From Washington, D.C.:

    Take Constitution Ave. NW/US-50 to I-66 W/ US-50 W. You will cross Memorial Bridge. Continue until you reach the US-50 W/ Arlington Blvd/ GW Parkway exit. Turn onto George Washington Memorial Parkway (GWMP or GW Parkway), north. Follow the GWMP towards I-495. At the interchange with I-495, the GWMP will split, with the right lane going to I-495 north and the two left lanes going to I-495 South. Stay in one of the left two lanes and take the exit that says I-495 South. When you are on the ramp, stay in the right hand lane. This lane will turn into the exit ramp for Route 193, Georgetown Pike. follow the directions from 495.


    From Arlington, Rosslyn, Crystal City, and Alexandria:

    Take the George Washington Memorial Parkway north towards I-495. At the interchange with I-495, the GWMP will split, with the right lane going to I-495 north and the two left lanes going to I-495 South. Stay in one of the left two lanes and take the exit that says I-495 South. When you are on the ramp, stay in the right hand lane. This lane will turn into the exit ramp for Route 193, Georgetown Pike. Follow the directions from 495.


    From Tyson's Corner, Vienna, and Falls Church:

    Take Route 7 West. At the intersection with Towlston Rd, take a right. Follow Towlston until you reach Old Dominion Dr. Make a left on Old Dominion. Old Dominion will dead end at the park's entrance station.


    From Reston and Herndon:

    Take Baron Cameron Dr. until you reach Route 7 (Leesburg Pike). At the light, continue straight. Baron Cameron will turn into Springvale after it crosses Route 7. Continue on Springvale until you reach a traffic light. At the light, make a right onto Route 193 (Georgetown Pike). You will follow 193 through a second traffic light at the town of Great Falls. At the next light, you will see a sign for Great Falls Park. Take a left here onto Old Dominion Dr. One mile down, Old Dominion will dead end at the park's entrance station.

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