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Great Falls Park Virginia

The best part of living in Northern Virginia is the endless opportunity to explore the surrounding area. This means I’m never bored on the weekends, and I also have something to show family members when they come to visit. Most of my July vacation was spent in Georgetown and New York City, but my sister and I slipped away to Great Falls Park Virginia to snap some photographs and enjoy the gorgeous views. I would love to go back again for a picnic, but maybe in the fall when the weather is cooler and I can bring the dogs.

Great Falls Park Virginia

The park entrance fee is $5 per vehicle or $3.00 per individual which is a great deal considering the number of overlooks, hiking trails, picnic tables, and optional visit to the informational center. You could easily spend half the day there with family and friends! Just wear tennis shoes because you’ll be climbing over massive rocks while trying to reach some of the overlooks, and don’t plan on swimming. The river is extremely dangerous… eek.

Have you ever been to Great Falls Park?

Great Falls Park
9200 Old Dominion Dr
McLean, VA 22102


Filed Under: Travel, Virginia35 Comments
  • Michaela Novotná

    I wish I could visit this park as well! Look gorgeous!

    • Postcards from Rachel

      It’s such a pretty area. Crazy to think it’s that close to DC.

  • Bethany Carson

    Awesome photos! I love the water flowing through the rocks!

    • Postcards from Rachel

      Thanks, Bethany!

  • Amy Lynne Hayes

    Beautiful shots!! Love the great outdoors like that – wish I had more landscapes like that here in Florida lol. :)

    • Postcards from Rachel

      Ohhh, Florida. Can’t believe it’s been a year since I lived there! Have you been to St. Augustine yet? It’s gorgeous.

      • Amy Lynne Hayes

        I went to St. Augustine on a field trip with my elementary school, but I haven’t been back since! Need to revisit some day. :)

  • Gina Alyse

    I am obsessed with Great Falls! I love going there for hiking trips! Especially on the Maryland side. The views are incredible!

    • Postcards from Rachel

      I need to go to the Maryland side next!

  • Kelly

    These are amazing photos, I can not believe I did not go when I was in DC!

    • Postcards from Rachel

      Let me know the next time you’re in the area. :)

  • Kaysie G

    We keep planning VA trips since we moved here a few months ago, this one is going on the list!

    • Postcards from Rachel

      It’s a gorgeous area. Also put Luray Caverns on your list. We might go this weekend and I’m so excited!

  • Jess Shanahan

    Wow. I’ve been to VA on a road trip but we didn’t get to see anything like this. I think I’ll have to go back. Gorgeous terrain and I love climbing over rocks!

    • Postcards from Rachel

      Me too! As long as I don’t fall and break something. :)

  • Amy

    These are stunning! I especially love the first the one! I might have to put Great Falls on a road trip bucket list.

    • Postcards from Rachel

      Definitely visit if you get the chance!

  • Sonya

    This park looks really pretty – I absolutely love hiking!

    xx Sonya – blog about a Russian girl living in Oregon, USA with a passion for photography,traveling and exploring.

    • Postcards from Rachel

      Hiking is my favorite! When it’s not a million degrees out. ;)

  • Abi

    Beautiful photos! So lucky to have this (almost) on your doorstep! Abi :)

    • Postcards from Rachel

      Thanks, Abi!

  • thediynurse

    So sad that this is in my backyard and I haven’t been. We’ve been making it our duty to checkout any nearby daytrips since we will be traveling and living in an RV soon and wont be here. So this is next on the list!

    • Postcards from Rachel

      Definitely check it out! Ooh, and we’re doing Luray Caverns this weekend. You should put that on your list too!

      When do you leave?

  • Chelsea

    Such a stunning view!

    • Postcards from Rachel

      Agreed! it’s lovely.

  • Country Girl’s Daybook

    This is absolutely stunning… I love water and places like this.

    The Starving Inspired

    • Postcards from Rachel

      It really is a gorgeous place!

  • Lisa C

    We went to Great Falls yesterday. The weather was perfect, and the views are amazing!

    • Postcards from Rachel

      Hope you enjoyed it!

  • Lisa

    I have lived in NOVA all my life and only been there once.. You should check out skyline drive if you have not already.!

    • Postcards from Rachel

      Never been so I’ll add that to my list. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • Ech & Will

    GORGEOUS! I’m so glad you put this park on my radar. I would love to see it in person someday.

    • Postcards from Rachel

      You really should! It’s a great area… plus I love looking at the massive houses. Seriously huge! Ha.

  • Mrs TeePot

    Oh wow, it looks like a truly stunning place.

  • TrekkingMart

    It really is a gorgeous place ,Merry Christmas and may this new year bring you joy and laughter