As the weather finally turned nice last spring, we decided to check out Great Falls Park in Virginia. Great Falls is another fun escape from the urban life and it is only 15 miles away (granted it can get very busy here). The Potomac River falls over a series of sharp rocks through a narrow gorge to make the Great Falls. The Falls can be accessed from both the Virginia and Maryland side of the river.
The Park is over 800 acres of trails, picnic areas, grassy fields and views. We were there for a couple hours in the morning running around. Eilam and our dog loved the fresh air. I recommend getting there early in the day to beat the crowd.
Where: 9200 Old Dominion Drive McLean, VA 22102
How to Get There: From DC and Virginia via the George Washington Memorial Parkway Take the 14th Street, Memorial, Roosevelt, or Key Bridge to the George Washington Memorial Parkway north. Take the exit for I-495 south (to Virginia). Use the right lane to exit onto VA-193 (Georgetown Pike). Turn right onto VA-193 west at the stop light at the top of the ramp. Drive about three miles and turn right onto Old Dominion Drive at the stop light. The entrance to the park is about one mile down the road.
Hours: Daylight hours
Cost: $10 per car for a 3 day pass