Great Falls National Park is one of the most beloved parks in the DC area with hiking trails and roaring falls.
An afternoon at Great Falls National Park is a great way to escape the city crowds. Visit during the week, early in the morning, or during winter for fewer crowds.
The park can be accessed from both Maryland and Virginia. Typically, the Virginia side is less crowded.
The park entrance fee is $20 per vehicle or $35 for the year. Or invest in the annual National Park pass which includes Shenandoah National Park.
Already explored Great Falls? Try Riverbend Park - just a quick drive away with trails, water views, and picnic spots.
Riverbend Park is less well known than Great Falls but visiting in winter, on weekdays, or early the morning can mean even fewer crowds.
There is no parking fee at Riverbend Park for groups under 12. You can also reserve picnic spaces for large groups.