Great Falls is a bedroom community of Washington, DC. With a population of approximately 9,000, it is about a 35-minute car ride from Downtown DC. People enjoy the rustic atmosphere of the community, with spacious open areas and large lots. Some residents keep horses on their properties.
One major attraction of the area is Great Falls Park, which overlooks the Great Falls of the Potomac River, which runs there between Virginia and Maryland. At Great Falls, the Potomac River builds up speed and force as it falls over a series of steep, jagged rocks and flows through the narrow Mather Gorge. The Patowmack Canal offers a glimpse into the early history of this country. Great Falls Park has many opportunities to explore history and nature, all in a beautiful 800-acre park only 15 miles from the Nation’s Capital.
Another attraction is River Bend Park, which has over 400 acres of forest, meadows, and ponds. Trails include a 2.5 mile portion of the Potomac Heritage Trail linking national and regional parkland. Kayakers and canoeists can enjoy exploring many islands in the Potomac River. Anglers and families can bring a boat or fish from the riverbank. Nature highlights include spectacular river views, beautiful wildflowers and birds. There are picnic areas throughout the park.
The Great Falls Village Green hosts community celebrations around Easter (Spring Festival, including an Egg Hunt), Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Winter Holiday (Tree Lighting), as well as concerts in the summer.