C&O Canal National Historical Park-Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center

11710 MacArthur Blvd, Potomac, MD 20854 Get Directions 
Phone: 301-767-3714


Capital Region
White building along a canal
Photo Credit: National Park Service
The Great Falls Tavern area of the C&O Canal features a visitor center, replica canal boat rides, an overlook of the Great Falls of the Potomac and Billy Goat trail.
Wed-Sun, 9am-4:30pm; closed major holidays.
ADA Accessible
Educational Resources Available
Student Group-Friendly



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June 17, 2019
Arrive early if you plan to visit Great Falls Tavern on a weekend. The parking area fills quickly. This park is a bit smaller than it's counterpart across the river. There is a picnic area near the...
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June 12, 2019
Unfortunately for us, our day to be outside was on a rainy day. Nothing was going to stop us though and we had a great time. First stop was at the visitor's center entry with a small gift shop and...
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March 19, 2019
Don L
Usually, the Tavern is a great experience and the canal boat ride is a must for children. The boat enters and exits the operational wooden canal locks with the tow line pulled by lovely four-legged...