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Fort Washington Park, Fort Washington

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  • Fort Washington Park was always one of our favorite places to escape to for a family picnic, flag football, frisbee and biking. It is a great view of the Potomac River from the hills outside of the ma...  more »
  • This is a very cool and large old fort that was built to defend the capital. It appears to never have to have fired a shot which is a good thing. It's maintained in a sparse manner but the grounds are...  more »
  • If you want somewhere that is truly historic and also a hands on experience then Fort Washington Park is the place for you. Ages 1-100 will enjoy being here. With that said, there is a lot of walking ...  more »
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  • This is a gorgeous park with great views and sweeping open grass areas. The historical forts are really awesome to explore. Newer playgrounds and lots of deer at dusk!
  • Large spaces for picnics and outings. Historic grounds well maintained. Hilly walking. You can drive and park on the upper or lower area, although each has it's own entrance. Staff, when you can find them, are very knowledgeable
  • I am a writer and photographer for National Park Planner and I visited Fort Washington Park in May 2016. The park is located in Fort Washington, Maryland, just south of Alexandria on the Potomac River. It preserves the site of a brick fort that was constructed between 1814 and 1824, plus a number of concrete artillery batteries built in the 1890s. The fort is open to the public for self-exploration, and Ranger-guided tours are given throughout the year, though the schedule varies per season. A few of the batteries are also open, though some require a hike to reach. Fort Washington Park was actually created by Congress in 1930 for the purpose of becoming the terminus for the George Washington Parkway, but that never happened. No public grounds were available until after World War II. Throughout the 1930s the fort and grounds were used as housing for the 12th Infantry, the honor guard for Washington D. C. It wasn’t until 1939 that the fort was turned over to the Department of Interior, but it was pressed back into action during World War II. After the war it was decommissioned for good and transferred back to the National Park Service, at which time the grounds were opened to the public. Since 1965, Fort Washington Park has been a unit of the National Capital Parks-East, a collection of National Park properties extending from the US Capitol to the suburbs of Maryland. While the park draws tourists coming to the Washington D. C. area who are interested in history, the large majority of visitors each year are local residents who use the park for recreational activities. Only a small percentage of visitors ever set foot in Fort Washington. By far the most popular activity is picnicking, and the park is home to eight large picnic areas that accommodate more than 100,000 people each year who come for family reunions, corporate outings, and church functions. A survey showed that most people think of Fort Washington Park only as a picnic facility and don’t even know that it is part of the National Park system or that it is significant to the history of the United States. Other recreational activities include hiking, biking, and fishing. There are also a number of large, nondescript fields throughout the park that are open to field sports of any type—soccer, softball, volleyball, football, etc. No need to reserve them; if they are open, start playing. At nearly 350 acres, Fort Washington Park is one of the largest public green spaces in Prince George’s County. For complete information about visiting Fort Washington Park and plenty of photos, see National Park Planner (npplan).
  • A extremely well-preserved masonry fort with a great view of the Potomac. The more modern gun batteries are fascinating and the park itself is sprawling. Good for a hike or a historic visit.
  • park rangers are great! you are able to get up close and a real feel as to what it was like during time and battle. wondeful bit of our military history