Fort Washington Park
Fort Washington, MD
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Brief Description: Picturesque Fort Washington sits on high ground overlooking the Potomac River and offers a grand view of Washington and the Virginia shoreline. Today, only one silent gun stands behind the masonry wall-the last armament of the powerful fort that once guarded the water approach from the Chesapeake Bay to our Nation's Capital. When ocean-going warships had wood sides and carried smoothbore cannons, no enemy would attempt to ascend the river before destroying the fort.

Changing technology eventually made the fort useless, but the army adapted the site to other uses, leaving a rich history of service to our country and the Nation's Capital.

Today, the 341 acre park, a unit of the National Park System, preserves the original fort and a lighthouse and offers an assortment of recreational opportunities - picnicing, hiking, biking, a playground, and chances to view wildlife along the Potomac.

Location / Directions: Fort Washington lies on the Maryland shore of the Potomac River, south of Washington DC.

From I-95 (the Capital Beltway): Follow the signs for MD 210 Indian Head Highway. Take exit 3 and go south on Indian Head Highway. Turn right onto Fort Washington Road to the park.

Driving Directions
Physical Address: Fort Washington Park
13551 Fort Washington Road
Fort Washington, MD 20744
Mailing Address: Fort Washington Park
c/o NCP-East
Washington, DC 20020-6722
Visitor Phone: (301) 763-4600
Activities: The life of a Civil War-era soldier is portrayed through Fort Washington's many living history programs. On weekends park interpreters, dressed in authentic US Army uniforms, recreate the life of a 19th century military garrison. These living history programs take place only at specific times - for a schedule of events call 301-763-4600.

Picnicing and hiking are also popular activities at the park, and fishing is allowed along the Potomac River. Picnic areas can be reserved for group activities by calling the park in advance.

Birding and Wildlife Viewing Educational Programs Fishing Hiking Picnicking Tours / Walking Tours

Operating Hours: The park is open every day; the fort and visitor center are open daily except January 1 and December 25.
Fees: A fee is charged from March through November for each vehicle entering the park.
Visitor Facilities: The park has a visitor center, picnic areas (including group reservation areas), restrooms and hiking trails.
Size: 341 acres
Website: http://www.nps.gov/fowa

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