Kingman and Heritage Islands Park
Washington, DC
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description:

Kingman and Heritage Islands are natural parklands found on the Anacostia River in Northeast Washington, DC.  There are over 50 acres of natural area to be explored on these two island habitats.  Wooded trails, river views, and wetlands comprise much of the sights to be experienced when visiting the park. Trails in the park are open for walking, hiking, and bicycling.

Kingman and Heritage Islands Park provides over 1.5 miles of trails to be explored by visitors. Access to the Anacostia River, a tributary of the Potomac River, is available for canoe and kayak users looking to discover the flora and fauna of the tidal wetlands and riparian forests surrounding the park from a different perspective. In addition, several access points to the Anacostia along boardwalk bridges and the banks of the river are open for visitors to enjoy for fishing. Over 100 species of birds have been identified at the park including Bald Eagle, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, and osprey, making the park perfect for bird-watchers as well.

Kingman and Heritage Islands Park is managed by Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region in coordination with the District of Columbia Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.

Location / Directions:

From DC-295 (Anacostia Fwy) exit on to Benning Rd N.E travelling westbound. Travel west on Benning Rd N.E. 0.9 miles and turn left onto Oklahoma Avenue N.E. Travel southbound on Oklahoma Avenue N.E. 0.1 miles and turn left into RFK Stadium Parking Lot #6. Main visitor parking is located within RFK Parking Lot # 6. For more detailed directions, visit park website at

Physical Address: Kingman and Heritage Islands Park
3100 Benning Road
Washington, DC 20019
Mailing Address: Kingman and Heritage Islands Park
c/o Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region
Washington, DC 20003
Visitor Phone: (202) 557-1925
Business Phone: (202) 488-0627

Kingman and Heritage Islands Park offers a variety of activities to all visitors. With over 1.5 miles of trails the park provides excellent opportunities for hikers, joggers, and walkers who wish to enjoy a rich excursion into a natural environment. Many trails within the park are also open to bicyclists and the park is conveniently located along the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, a multi-use trail which connects the park to several local communities and recreation spaces.

Canoe and kayak access is provided along the boardwalk bridge connecting Kingman and Heritage Islands, allowing boaters to explore Kingman Lake and the Anacostia River. Several locations along Kingman Island provide space for canoe and kayak users to enter the park when paddling along the Anacostia River.

The park also offers many opportunities for viewing wildlife in a natural environment. With over 100 species of birds identified at the park, visitors often catch a glimpse of Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets fishing or wading in Kingman Lake or Bald Eagles flying over the park. Red fox and beaver also can be seen while walking park trails. Visitors also have the opportunity to fish in the Anacostia River and Kingman Lake.

Volunteer clean-up and restoration events are held often to offer visitors the opportunity to participate in enhancing the natural resources within the park. Check the park website for more information on upcoming events. In addition, educational programs and several special event celebrations are regularly held at the park.

Biking Birding and Wildlife Viewing Educational Programs Fishing Hiking Picnicking Canoeing / Kayaking

Operating Hours:

Summer Hours: (April-October) - Monday through Sunday - 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Winter Hours: (Nov-March) - Monday through Sunday - 9:00 am – Sunset (4:30 pm)

Kingman and Heritage Islands Park is open 7 days a week throughout the entire year. The park may be closed during normal operating hours due to inclement weather and on national holidays. Check park website for details on park closures.

Fees: None
Visitor Facilities:

Kingman and Heritage Islands has over 1.5 miles of trails for visitors to use. In addition, canoe and kayak access is provided at the park for visitors using Kingman Lake and the Anacostia River. Restrooms are also available at the park.

Plans for enhanced entrance areas, additional trails, and outdoor classrooms are anticipated to be completed in early 2011.


New entrances and trails scheduled to be completed by early 2011 will provide ADA accessibility to new areas within Kingman and Heritage Islands Park. For more information about trail accessibility call park staff at (202)-557-1925.


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