Great Falls Park is one of the D.C. area’s best known parks, and is an excellent place for a hike and a picnic overlooking the Potomac River. It is located about 20 minutes outside of the city by car. There is no public transit to this location, but the park is situated down Georgetown Pike, which is a scenic drive through Northern Virginia. Admission to the park is $5 per car, but the pass is good for three consecutive days. For more information, check out the park service’s website here.
The fall is a lovely time to visit Great Falls Park, as the leaves start to change, and the scenery is more visible through the barren trees. My sister let me borrow her three day pass, and I went with my friend to this park mid-September. We had both been here before, but not for years, and I had never actually seen the falls!
This time, when entering the park, we continued left and parked farther down from the information center. This spot was very close to the falls, and we walked for 5 minutes before finding the falls. The falls themselves are not so “great” but, they span across a great length of the river, and are just the beginning of a lovely nature walk. The hiking trails continue for miles through the park, so you can really get lost and enjoy the natural beauty surrounding the Potomac River. But enough description, here are some photos so you can enjoy it for yourself!
We found a Lizard:
So what do you think, is this a park you would like to visit? Have you visited? What is your favorite park in the D.C. area?