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Great Falls (Virginia)

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Great Falls

Great Falls is in Virginia, within the United States of America.

Get in

Public transport

There is no direct public transportation to Great Falls. However, it can be reached via a $20-$25 taxi ride from the Dunn Loring or West Falls Church metro stations on the Orange Line of the Washington DC metro system.

Get around

See

In Great Falls Park, there are several viewing platforms that provide vantage points overlooking the falls.

Do

Parks

Popular activities in the parks include hiking, boating, fishing, picnicking, disc golf, and hunting.

  • Great Falls Park, [1]. 7 AM until dark. Great regional park, hailed as Northern Virginia's backyard and very popular for picnics and barbecues. Common activities include hiking, rock climbing, and whitewater rafting. There can be lines into the park on weekends, especially on holidays like Fathers' Day and Labor Day, so plan ahead. The park has several marked trails, including the very popular Billy Goat Trail [2]. $5 per vehicle.
  • Riverbend Park, 8700 Potomac Hills St, Great Falls, VA 22066 (From Great Falls Park entrance road, turn right on Georgetown Pike, right on River Bend Road, right on Jeffery Road, and right at the park entrance), [3]. Did you get turned away from Great Falls Park on an overcrowded weekend, and need an alternative location for your Fathers' Day barbecue? Head straight to Riverbend Park, Great Falls' best-kept secret, just up the river. Picnics, barbecues, hiking by the Potomac.
  • Seneca Creek State Park, (Go up Seneca Road until it ends, park in the dirt lot by the roadside), [4]. Sunup to sundown. A must less crowded option compared to Great Falls Park. Walk for miles in the undeveloped forested hills along the Potomac. Free.

Buy

Eat

Budget

  • Katie's Coffee House, 760 Walker Road, (703) 759-2759, [5].

Mid-range

  • The Old Brouge Irish Pub, 760 Walker Rd, [6]. A Great Falls classic. It's been expanding its menu and you can find all manner of cuisines here, but still the Brogue stays true to Irish roots and its atmosphere as a crowded, noisy pub. There's also a homey dining room in the annex. $$.
  • Izumi Sushi, 9861 Georgetown Pike, (703) 759-7788, [7].

Splurge

  • L'Auberge Chez Francois, 332 Springvale Rd, Great Falls, VA 22066, (703) 759-3800, [8]. A high-end French restaurant. Dress code. 6-course prix-fixe dinner: $70-80.

Drink

Visit the Old Brogue for a frosty pint of Guinness.

Sleep

Stay safe

An average of 7 drownings per year occur in Great Falls Park, most of them alcohol-related. Consumption of alcoholic beverages is illegal within the park.

Get out

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