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Fort Hunt Park, Alexandria

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Fort Hunt Park is a public park located in Fort Hunt, Fairfax County, Virginia. It is administered by the National Park Service as part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. The park preserves the remains of the eponymous Fort Hunt, portions of which date to the time of the Spanish–American War. Remains of several of the fort's original batteries, including Battery Mount Vernon, Battery Robinson, and Battery Sater, and Battery Porter (named after Lt. James Porter, an officer who was killed at Custer's Last Stand at the Little Bighorn.), have been preserved, and may still be visited today. The structures have been stabilized enough that visitors are able to climb on them without difficulty. Besides the batteries, the battery commander's station still stands; in addition, a flagpole has been erected as a memorial to the intelligence officers who served at the fort during World War II.Fort Hunt Park is open from dawn until dusk, year-round; access is from the George Washington Memorial Parkway or from Fort Hunt Road.
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  • We've had a couple of family/friend gatherings with picnics and games. Its large enough that you are not elbow-to-elbow with others. 
  • We pack our bikes and head to the river few times a year. Great place to use as our launch point. We bike ride up to Mt Vernon and down the river to Roosevelt Island. Great Fall foliage and scenic riv...  more »
  • We had a cultural celebration at this park they had the best bathroom facilities and playground area for the children. It also had a covered pavilion area with a stage for the DJ and a dance floor 
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  • Great place for large picnics. Walk around is 1 mile exactly. Horses to pet. Lots of toilets. Feels wild in a tame area. Clean. Always cooler than other places in summer.
  • Excellent park for a picnic. The park road is a loop and is nice for bike riding or skating. There is a large covered pavilion and plenty of shaded spots to put down a blanket or sit on a bench. The grounds also have military history. It housed Fort Hunt during the Spanish American war. There are still several batteries left that can be seen. Kids love climbing around them. The fort also housed intelligence agents during WW2. There are plaques all over the park explaining the history.
  • This is a huge National Park Service location, primarily containing five large parking lots/picnic areas that may be reserved, some with large covered tables and restroom access. There's a mile-long one-way road for walkers, bikers as well as car traffic; the picnic areas lie within this one mile circle, as well as a few softball fields and quite a bit of empty space and forest. There are free concerts at the pavilion in summer. There is some history here, as well - gun ramparts greet visitors at the entrance. There is also a sandy playground, unshaded and a bit far from parking. In the fall months, the trees here are SPECTACULAR.
  • A nice, safe place to run. There are bathroom facilities that are open April to October, I think. Through most of the park, the cars are restricted to using a single lane at only 15mph, leaving the other lane for pedestrians and joggers. Officially closes at dark.
  • Ride the bike, walk the dog, walk yourself around the one mile loop. Picnic with family and friends. Clean rest rooms, convenient to Mt. Vernon and the GW Parkway. Another NOVA treasure.