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Great Falls Nat'l Park traffic jams
Posted by: giffin ()
Date: June 15, 2013 09:11PM

I haven't been to Great Falls Nat'l Park during the summer in a few years, and was wondering if it is normal to see a mile-long line of cars at the entrance on that tiny 2-lane road? Is that how it is nowadays?

We went around 11AM, and there was a giant, slow-moving line to get in. I thought maybe the lot was full. I've never seen anything like that. After about 25 minutes (and over a half mile away), we turned around and just ate at home.

I figured it would settle down later in the day, so we went back around 2, and the line of cars was even longer?!?!?!

Was this just some anomaly, or is the park normally like that on Saturdays during the summer? It really sucks if it is.

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Re: Great Falls Nat'l Park traffic jams
Posted by: sadly yes ()
Date: June 15, 2013 09:23PM

Yes. That's the norm on weekends over there. :(

Early morning in the middle of Winter is the best time to go. I prefer the stark Winter look anyway so it works well for me.

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Re: Great Falls Nat'l Park traffic jams
Posted by: been there ()
Date: June 16, 2013 07:30AM

Did you pack some curry and your PJ's? Cause that's Great Falls Park on the weekends. Overrun by various not-from-around-here's.

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Re: Great Falls Nat'l Park traffic jams
Posted by: Done That ()
Date: June 17, 2013 10:35AM

Yeah, it's not like those "not from around here's" pay taxes too. It's the East Coast man, there's just too many people everywhere for my taste. Y'all come and over run our parks too and we just gladly take your money and smile, in Mexico during the off season.

:)

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Re: Great Falls Nat'l Park traffic jams
Posted by: Get there early ()
Date: June 17, 2013 10:39AM

Yes the lines can back up all the way to Georgetown Pike.

Its best to get there as early as possible.

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Re: Great Falls Nat'l Park traffic jams
Posted by: Dr Yes ()
Date: June 17, 2013 11:04AM

I remember once I got in the gate and there was no place in the entire park. I couldn't even park illegally because ever inch of the road was covered with parked cars.

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Re: Great Falls Nat'l Park traffic jams
Posted by: asdfsdfsdaf ()
Date: June 17, 2013 01:50PM

giffin Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> I haven't been to Great Falls Nat'l Park during
> the summer in a few years, and was wondering if it
> is normal to see a mile-long line of cars at the
> entrance on that tiny 2-lane road? Is that how it
> is nowadays?
>
> We went around 11AM, and there was a giant,
> slow-moving line to get in. I thought maybe the
> lot was full. I've never seen anything like that.
> After about 25 minutes (and over a half mile
> away), we turned around and just ate at home.
>
> I figured it would settle down later in the day,
> so we went back around 2, and the line of cars was
> even longer?!?!?!
>
> Was this just some anomaly, or is the park
> normally like that on Saturdays during the summer?
> It really sucks if it is.

Yep, its the new norm.

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Re: Great Falls Nat'l Park traffic jams
Posted by: matt 703 ()
Date: June 17, 2013 02:39PM

agreed - it's very busy on nice weekends. If you're planning on a picnic while you're there, do it in your car while you wait in the line and it doesn't seem so bad.

The problem is, there's still only one way in and one way out. Last time I was there I asked the guy at the booth if they could try sending some extra people up into the line and start collecting cash and let them pass through in the exit lane (obviously holding up outgoing traffic). This may not be the best idea, but they need to do something there b/c it sucks.

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Re: Great Falls Nat'l Park traffic jams
Posted by: Happy noncamper ()
Date: June 18, 2013 12:40PM

If you get there after 7am all the grills are taken up anyways.

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