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Great Falls

Great Falls

Great Falls is a beautiful, unique community located on the Potomac River.

There is plenty to do in Great Falls to include many eateries and shops including Tavern at Great Falls, Old Brogue Irish Pub, and Cathy’s Corner and more. 

There are many annual events in Great Falls to include Cars & Coffee, 4th of July Celebration & Parade, Spooktacular, Celebration of Lights and more. There is also a farmers market every Saturday morning in Great Falls Village Centre

          

The major attraction is Great Falls Park which overlooks the Great Falls of the Potomac River, for which the community and the park are named. George Washington was involved with building a canal around the falls on the southwest, or Virginia, side, called the Patowmack Canal, which did not become commercially viable. Remnants of the canal and of a village around the canal named Matildaville are still visible in the park. The Potomac River began carving out the Great Falls of the Potomac about 35,000 years ago. The river cascades over a series of 20-foot falls, falling a total of 76 feet in elevation over a distance of less than 1 mile making the Great Falls the steepest fall line rapids of any river in the eastern United States The Great Falls and Old Dominion Railroad extended along Old Dominion Drive to Great Falls Park in 1906.

         

         

River Bend County Park is another gathering area in Great Falls, as is the Village Green, which hosts community celebrations around Easter (Spring Festival, including an Egg Hunt), Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas (Tree Lighting), as well as concerts in the summer.

                           

Great Falls is home to Jefferson District Golf Course which is a beautifully landscaped 9 hole executive course featuring a gently rolling playing surface with four ponds, ideal for golfers who prefer walking. The course offers a challenging round of golf and includes a par five and some demanding par fours. Other park attractions include lighted miniature golf, tennis and basketball courts.