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Riverbend Park

8700 Potomac Hills Street, Great Falls, Virginia 22066

Sunrise to sunset. Visitor's Center: weekdays 9 am - 5 pm, weekends noon - 5 pm, closed Tuesdays.


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Hike, Fish, and Canoe at Riverbend Park in Great Falls, Virginia

Just a short distance from Great Falls National Park, Riverbend is a local gem. This quiet park is considered one of the "prettiest parks in Northern Virginia." The Potomac Heritage Trail runs right through this well-maintained park, there is plentiful parking, and it is free. Parking is also available at the Nature Center, which is open for special events and serves as a great starting point if you want a short hike with little ones, just over a mile and half round trip to the Riverbend Visitor's Center. 

If you prefer a longer excursion, pack a picnic and hike from the Riverbend Visitor Center to the Great Falls Visitor Center, only 1.8 miles downstream, where you can continue your journey while experiencing the great beauty of the Falls by linking into the trail system there. It provides a great balance to start at the less frequented Riverbend and work your way toward the more busy parkland around the Falls before heading back toward the much quieter park. The parking is also free, so if you come to hike in the region often you can save on the required entrance fee to Great Falls (though an alternative is just to purchase the annual pass which grants you repeated access to both the Maryland and Virginia sides).

You are sure to see a variety of wildlife during your visit, or in season might enjoy fishing, paddle boarding, canoeing or kayaking available at Riverbend before or after your journey. If you have already experienced Great Falls, Riverbend has more than enough to offer, with over ten miles of hiking trails with trails for horses and mountain biking as well. 


Parking Restrooms Good for All Ages Admission Free Animals
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Randi Banks
Randi (Betts) Banks grew up in New York and graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She moved to Washington, D.C. more than thirteen years ago with her husband, Eaghmon, and they love to explore the area and seek out adventure, now with their two young children along for the ride. Growing up right near the beach, they are happiest when on or near the water, so exploring the rivers, lakes, and streams in the greater DC area is a favorite pastime for their family. In addition to serving as one of the Washington, DC area ambassadors, Randi is also the Editor in Chief and Co-founder of happyly.
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