One of my favorite parks is in Fairfax County, Great Falls National Park in Great Falls, VA! The Potomac River runs over the steep rocks creating the falls. The falls can be seen from both VA or MD side of the Potomac River. My family loves to go and check out the falls at one of three overlooks and hike the trails near the river. The park has lots of history and tablets are all over the park showing the vistors why the park remains an attraction.
Address: 9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA
If you like being outside close to nature this is the park for you. The park has over 15 miles of trail with 5 of the miles of trail that can be used for horseback riding and bikes. If you head upstream the trail leads to the Riverbend Park trail system. The trails around the Visitor Center, picnic area and overlooks can accomodate strollers and wagons. The hiking trails near the river can be rocky and narrow so if you’re taking the little ones just make sure you keep them close.
In addition to the hiking trails, avid kayakers and rock climbers can use the park. There are a couple drop in areas for the kayakers and two areas for repelling over the river. If the outdoors is not where you like to be then check out the Visitor Center. The Visitor Center has a small hands on area for the kids to check out what can be found in the park. The park also offers a Junior Ranger Program for children 5 years and up to learn about the park and earn badges. If you’re into history, the majority of the Visitor Center has many interactive exhibits showing the history of the area and conservation efforts to keep the park healthy.
My family and I enjoy taking all our out of town guests to this park for a picnic and hiking. There are restrooms in the Visitor Center and various places around the park. It’s a beautiful park year round and if you live in Northern Virginia you should check it out!