Taking advantage of a sunny Saturday morning in November, le boyfriend and I headed out to Great Falls Park. I pictured an idyllic walk in the park with a steaming hot latte in one hand and a cute guy in the other- and this time, I got just what I wanted!
The drive to the park can be scenic enough if you elect to cruise on Old Dominion Drive rather than on 495. It’s even better if you can get somebody else to drive so that you have time to check out the mega mansions that line the road. Living looks good in McLean!
The entrance clearly states that there is a fee to enter the park ($5/vehicle or $3/person) and we suddenly had a moment of panic when we realized we didn’t have any cash. Classic. We were in luck however on this particular weekend (Veteran’s Day), entrance to the park was free! The ranger did tell us however that they do accept credit cards in case we faced a similar situation in the future ( very likely!).
At 10:30am, we weren’t the only ones there to enjoy the view, but the parking lot had ample space left. We walked down the well-marked path towards the Visitor Center, and dutifully checked out outlooks 1, 2 and 3. The view took me by surprise- who knew this scenery could exist so close to Washington DC! The boulders, the rocks, the cascading water…all made for spectacular scenery. I can’t wait to go back to see the same view in the spring, the winter, the summer…I feel a photo project coming on!
Our visit lasted no longer than 30 minutes- this was enough time to check out the Outlook views and to take a few pictures. We plan on going back to try out some of the hiking routes and also to see the Great Falls from the ‘other side’: there is a promising looking outlook that is part of the hiking trail starting from the Great Falls Tavern Visitors Center.