Welcome to Great Falls
A peaceful, equestrian escape from the big city
Great Falls is where the elite and savvy Washington, D.C., homeowners go to escape the hustle and worry of the capital city. Just a 30-minute drive north of the capital, Great Falls is defined by its breathtaking namesake preserved in Great Falls Park. Still, the community is defined by its spacious equestrian community and refined atmosphere.
Here, you will find equestrian sports, gourmet restaurants, and a legendary golf course. Community members appreciate a large acreage for every estate home and a high standard for local services.
What to Love
Beautiful Great Falls at the river
Gourmet variety of nearby cuisine
Bike trail from the elementary school to the library
Spacious rural-feeling estates in an exclusive suburb
Horseback riding and equestrian sports
Beautiful parks and waterways
The lifestyle of Great Falls is a relaxed one. Some residents are extremely busy and come to Great Falls to unwind between diplomatic duties, while locals around town enjoy and maintain the peaceful beauty of the town’s atmosphere. Grace and elegance are priorities here, as so many highly value their free time in the quiet neighborhood surrounded by beautiful vistas, majestic horses, and tranquil golf greens.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Great Falls sets a high bar for restaurant quality, where even the barbecue is gourmet, and each restaurant competes with the next for exquisite flavor or inspired artistic plating.
Start your culinary journey with a relaxed lunch or dinner at the Old Brogue Irish Pub
, with authentic Irish cuisine, dark polished wood beams, and booths. The Brx
calls itself a bistro, but every plate is a work of art, and the shady fenced patio is beautiful enough for a small event venue with vine-covered trellised pergolas and tablecloth dining. Indoors, you will find an elegant stone-clad dining room and beautiful, sun-drenched spaces.
L’Auberge Chez Francois
is everything you could hope for, from classic French fine dining of the highest order, from the perfectly rare lamb to the exquisite French desserts. Even Mookies
, the local barbecue place, has an air of fine dining indoors and on the patio, with a tendency toward artful plating not typically seen paired with beans and barbecue sauce.
If you’re looking for an incredible time outdoors, you’ll find a glorious hike and views of the eponymous Great Falls at Great Falls Park
. For a more orderly and peaceful outdoor experience, explore the beauty of the Riverbend Country Club
Things to Do
At Great Falls, there are year-round events to celebrate in a relaxing rural setting with friends and family. Gather for the 4th of July Hometown celebration and yearly grand traditional fireworks display. Join the community for the annual Celebration of Lights or the Freedom Memorial Ceremonies.
You can’t miss the yearly Spooktacular community Halloween party or the chill Mingle at the Mill. During the summer, there are Concerts on the Green, and sports enthusiasts can look forward to Charity Golf Tournaments and Charity Tennis Tournaments every year.
New neighbors are also invited to enjoy a New Neighbor Welcome Bag, with a unique collection of goodies and information to help every new neighbor feel welcome and settle in comfortably.
Explore more through Great Falls Village Center
Great Falls is part of the Fairfax Public Schools district, shared with McLean and other nearby neighborhoods. These communities place education, with an average of 16:1 student-to-teacher ratio in classrooms across the board. Young children can attend elementary school close to home, while older children share a middle school and high school with McLean, just a few miles South. Students may attend: