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Great-Falls is small community located in Fairfax County in the northeast corner of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 8,549. It primarily serves as a bedroom community for nearby Washington D.C., but one major attraction in the town is Great Falls Park, which overlooks the Great Falls of the Potomac River, for which the town is named. George Washington was involved with building a canal around the falls on the Virginia side, called Patowmack Canal. It didn't become commercially viable, but remnants of the canal and a village named Matildaville are still visible in the park. Great Falls Park is situated on 800 acres along the banks of the river. It's disconnected but an integral part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. At Great Falls, the Potomac River builds up speed as it falls over a series of steep, jagged rocks and flows through the narrow Mather Gorge. Fifteen miles of hiking trails encompass the park and follow a small stream known as Difficult Run. A scenic trail near the river travels upstream from a landing at the mouth of Difficult Run, climbs to the top of Mather Gorge and passes the falls, a dam, and a reservoir before ending in Fairfax Countys Riverbend Park. Other activities in the park include rock climbing, kayaking, whitewater rafting and picnicking.

Surrounding areas: Reston, Virginia (3.5 mi), McLean, Virginia (7.4 mi), Fairfax, Virginia (10.1 mi), Leesburg, Virginia (16.9 mi), Alexandria, Virginia (17.2 mi), Haymarket, Virginia (22.7 mi)

Great Falls Vacation Rentals

Great Falls Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Suiteamerica At St Johns Woods11555 Olde Tiverton CirReston, VA3.2 mi.(877) 827-8483
Hyatt Regency Reston1800 President StReston, VA3.5 mi.(703) 709-1234
Suiteamerica At Archstone Reston Landing12000 Cameron RdReston, VA3.5 mi.(703) 437-7710
Comfort Inn Dulles Int'l Airport200 Elden StHerndon, VA4.8 mi.(703) 437-7555
Residence Inn By Marriott315 Elden StHerndon, VA5.0 mi.(703) 435-0044
Sheraton Reston Hotel11810 Sunrise Valley DrReston, VA5.0 mi.(703) 620-9000
Holiday Inn Express485 Elden StHerndon, VA5.2 mi.(703) 478-9777
Homestead Studio Suites Hotels12190 Sunset Hills RdReston, VA5.2 mi.(703) 707-9700
Sheraton Premiere At Tysons Corner8661 Leesburg PikeVienna, VA5.2 mi.(703) 448-1234
Hampton Inn & Suites435 Herndon PkwyHerndon, VA5.3 mi.(703) 230-1600
Springhill Suites Herndon/reston138 Spring StHerndon, VA5.3 mi.(703) 435-3100
Courtyard By Marriott Tysons Corner1960 A Chain Bridge RdMC Lean, VA5.5 mi.(703) 790-0207
Embassy Suites Hotel Tysons Corner8517 Leesburg PikeVienna, VA5.5 mi.(703) 883-0707
Archstone Woodland Park2399 Glen Echo RdHerndon, VA5.6 mi.(703) 707-8511
Candlewood Suites - Herndon13845 Sunrise Valley DrHerndon, VA5.6 mi.(703) 793-7100
Hawthorn Suites-Herndon467 Herndon PkwyHerndon, VA5.6 mi.(703) 437-5000
Homewood Suite Hotel-washington Dulles2185 Fox ML RdHerndon, VA5.6 mi.(703) 793-1700
Homewood Suites By Hilton13460 Sunrise Valley DrHerndon, VA5.6 mi.(703) 793-1700
Hyatt - Dulles2300 Dulles Cor BlvdHerndon, VA5.6 mi.(703) 713-1234
Oakwood Apartments Dulles13800 Jefferson Park DrHerndon, VA5.6 mi.(888) 268-9998
Washington Dulles Airport Hilton13869 Park CTR RdHerndon, VA5.6 mi.(703) 478-2900
Courtyard By Marriott Herndon / Reston533 Herndon PkwyHerndon, VA5.8 mi.(703) 478-3628
Best Western Tysons Westpark Hotel8401 Westpark DrMC Lean, VA5.8 mi.(703) 734-2800
WF Bolger Center (usps) Bethseda9600 Newbridge DrPotomac, MD5.9 mi.(301) 983-7765
Hilton Mclean At Tyson's Corner7920 Jones Branch DrMC Lean, VA6.1 mi.(703) 847-5000
The Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner1700 Tysons BlvdMC Lean, VA6.1 mi.(703) 506-4300
Towneplace Suites Sterling/cascades21123 Whitfield PLSterling, VA6.1 mi.(703) 421-1090
Extended Stay America Herndon Va1021 Elden StHerndon, VA6.2 mi.(703) 481-5363
Hampton Inn Dulles Town Center46331 Mcclellan WaySterling, VA6.2 mi.(703) 450-9595
Crowne Plaza Tysons Corner1960 Chain Bridge RdMclean, VA6.3 mi.(703) 893-2100
Gates Of Mclean1510 Spring Gate DrMclean, VA6.4 mi.(703) 442-0000
Hilton Garden Inn Tysons Corner8301 Boone BlvdVienna, VA6.4 mi.(703) 760-9777
Residence Inn-Tysons Corner Mall8400 Old Courthouse RdVienna, VA6.4 mi.(703) 917-0800
Washington Dulles Marriott Suites13101 Worldgate DrHerndon, VA6.5 mi.(703) 709-0400
Crowne Plaza Dulles Airport2200 Centreville RdHerndon, VA6.7 mi.(703) 471-6700
Homestead Studio Suites Hotel8201 Old Courthouse RdVienna, VA6.7 mi.(703) 356-6300
Amerisuites Dulles21481 Ridgetop RdSterling, VA6.8 mi.(703) 444-3909
Comfort Inn Tysons Corner1587 Springhill RdVienna, VA6.8 mi.(703) 448-8020
Residence Inn Tysons Corner8616 Westwood CTR DrVienna, VA6.8 mi.(703) 893-0120
Tysons Corner Marriott8028 Leesburg PikeVienna, VA6.8 mi.(703) 734-3200
Bed & Breakfast
Cottage On 16th7129 16th St NWWashington, DC13.6 mi.(202) 882-2344
Alexandria Arlington Almost Heaven Bed And Breakfast6339 Brocketts XingAlexandria, VA18.2 mi.(703) 921-9043
The Glenelg Inn13905 Burntwoods RdGlenelg, MD24.8 mi.(443) 864-0265

Great Falls Weather & Climate

Northeast Virginia's climate is classified as mild, mid-latitude, with a subcategory of humid subtropical. Northeast Virginia generally has mild winters with no dry season and hot summers. Hurricanes make the coastal areas of Virginia vulnerable, but it's rare for a major hurricane to threaten the Virginia coast as hurricanes that far north tend to weaken due to cooler coast waters and increasingly westerly winds. Heavy rain from tropical cyclones are possible, however. Thunderstorms are an occasional concern with the state averaging anywhere from 30-50 days of thunderstorm activity annually, but the highest area of occurrence is towards the west.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 45°F 22°F 4.03 in. -
February 49°F 25°F 3.32 in. -
March 58°F 32°F 4.26 in. -
April 68°F 40°F 3.35 in. -
May 77°F 51°F 4.26 in. -
June 85°F 60°F 3.23 in. -
July 89°F 65°F 4.19 in. -
August 87°F 63°F 3.86 in. -
September 81°F 55°F 3.94 in. -
October 70°F 43°F 3.82 in. -
November 59°F 34°F 3.41 in. -
December 49°F 26°F 3.20 in. -

Great Falls Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Washington Dulles International airport (IAD) located about 9 miles west of Great Falls in Washington, District Of Columbia, the Leesburg Executive airport (JYO) located approximately 15 miles northwest of Great Falls in Leesburg, Virginia, the Ronald Reagan Washington National airport (DCA) located roughly 16 miles southeast of Great Falls in Washington, District Of Columbia, Manassas Regional Harry P Davis Field (HEF) located around 22 miles southwest of Great Falls in Manassas, Virginia, and finally the Baltimore Washington International airport (BWI) located about 35 miles east of Great Falls in Baltimore, Maryland.

Great Falls Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
JeepersRockvilleMD9.4 mi.
JeepersGreenbeltMD22.2 mi.
Marshall Hall ParkBryans RoadMD27.3 mi.
Six Flags AmericaMitchellvilleMD29.7 mi.
Six Flags AmericaUpper MarlboroMD31.6 mi.
JeepersParkvilleMD48.7 mi.
Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department Carnival GroundsLeonardtownMD60.2 mi.
Paramount's Kings DominionDoswellVA79.2 mi.
Williams Grove ParkMechanicsburgPA85.3 mi.
Dutch WonderlandLancasterPA88.9 mi.
Water Parks
Chesapeake Beach Water ParkChesapeake BeachMD45.9 mi.
Killens Pond Water ParkFeltonDE91.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Reston National Golf CourseRestonVA3.8 mi.
Falls Road Golf CoursePotomacMD5.4 mi.
Herndon Centennial Golf CourseHerndonVA5.6 mi.
Algonkian Regional Park Golf CourseSterlingVA7.1 mi.
Sterling Park Golf ClubSterlingVA7.1 mi.
Oak Marr Golf ComplexOaktonVA8.2 mi.
Redgate Golf CourseRockvilleMD9.3 mi.
Fair Oaks Golf ParkFairfaxVA10.1 mi.
Penderbrook Golf ClubFairfaxVA10.1 mi.
Jefferson District Golf CourseFalls ChurchVA10.4 mi.
Pleasant Valley Golf ClubChantillyVA10.7 mi.
Needwood Golf CourseDerwoodMD11.6 mi.
Poolesville Golf CoursePoolesvilleMD11.8 mi.
South Riding Golfers ClubSouth RidingVA12.6 mi.
Northwest Park Golf CourseWheatonMD13.0 mi.
Brambleton Regional Park Golf CourseAshburnVA13.2 mi.
Burke Lake Golf CenterFairfax StationVA13.8 mi.
Hampshire Greens Golf CourseSilver SpringMD14.4 mi.
Sligo Creek Golf CourseSilver SpringMD14.4 mi.
East Potomac Public Golf CourseWashingtonDC15.8 mi.
Langston Legacy Golf Course & Driving RangeWashingtonDC15.8 mi.
Rock Creek Park Golf CourseWashingtonDC15.8 mi.
Little Bennett Golf CourseClarksburgMD16.1 mi.
Trotters Glen Golf CourseOlneyMD16.1 mi.
Goose Creek Golf ClubLeesburgVA16.5 mi.
Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt ClubLeesburgVA16.5 mi.
Westpark Golf ClubLeesburgVA16.5 mi.
Blue Mash Golf ClubLaytonsvilleMD16.7 mi.
Laytonsville Golf ClubLaytonsvilleMD16.7 mi.
Pinecrest Golf CourseAlexandriaVA17.2 mi.
Ski Areas
Whitetail Ski ResortMercersburgPA66.1 mi.
Bryce ResortBasyeVA81.9 mi.
MassanuttenHarrisonburgVA93.3 mi.
Blue KnobClaysburgPA109.0 mi.
Wintergreen ResortWintergreenVA116.3 mi.
Wisp Ski AreaMchenryMD117.0 mi.
State Parks
Seneca Creek State ParkMD7.6 mi. 
Mason Neck State ParkVA25.4 mi. 
Robert M Watkins Regional State ParkMD28.0 mi. 
Leesylvania State ParkVA28.3 mi. 
Rosaryville State ParkMD30.2 mi. 
Smallwood State ParkMD31.5 mi. 
Gathland State ParkMD33.5 mi. 
Patapsco State ParkMD33.9 mi. 
Gambrill State ParkMD34.4 mi. 
Sky Meadows State ParkVA36.6 mi. 
Washington Monument State ParkMD38.3 mi. 
Purse State ParkMD39.3 mi. 
NIST Virtual MuseumGaithersburgMD11.1 mi.(Technology)
NewseumArlingtonVA13.3 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Drop Zone Virtual MuseumFairfax StationVA13.8 mi.(History)
National Capital Trolley MuseumSilver SpringMD14.1 mi.(Technology)
National Museum of American HistoryWashingtonDC15.3 mi.(History)
National Museum of American Jewish Military HistoryWashingtonDC15.3 mi.(History)
National Museum of Women's HistoryWashingtonDC15.3 mi.(History)
National Postal MuseumWashingtonDC15.3 mi.(History)
Tudor Place -- Historic House & GardensWashingtonDC15.3 mi.(History)
A Guide to the Museums of WashingtonWashingtonDC15.3 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Museum Services InternationalWashingtonDC15.3 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Octagon Museum (American Architectural Foundation)WashingtonDC15.3 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Washington National CathedralWashingtonDC15.3 mi.(Miscellaneous)
White House Virtual ToursWashingtonDC15.3 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Dumbarton Oaks Research LibraryWashingtonDC15.3 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Pope John Paul II Cultural CenterWashingtonDC15.3 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
US Department of Interior MuseumWashingtonDC15.3 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Virtual SmithsonianWashingtonDC15.3 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
National Air and Space MuseumWashingtonDC15.3 mi.(Science)
National Museum of Health and MedicineWashingtonDC15.3 mi.(Science)
Zoos and Aquariums
National Zoological ParkWashingtonDC15.3 mi.
The Baltimore ZooBaltimoreMD41.5 mi.
National Aquarium in BaltimoreBaltimoreMD41.5 mi.
National Zoo Conservation & Research CenterFront RoyalVA49.0 mi.
ZOOAMERICA North American Wildlife ParkHersheyPA95.2 mi.
Salisbury Zoological ParkSalisburyMD101.2 mi.
Brandywine ZooWilmingtonDE106.4 mi.

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