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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 to our Nation's Capital. The old fort is one of the few U.S. seacoast fortifications still in its original form.

When ocean-going warships had wood sides and carried smoothbore cannons, no enemy would attempt to ascend the river before destroying the fort. But changing technology made the fort useless. Our government built concrete emplacements to meet the threat of iron-sided ships and rifled guns. When they became obsolete the post was turned over to the infantry and finally became a military training facility. Over 200 years of army presence has left the park with a diverse group of military structures and a rich history of service to our country and the Nation's Capital.

The 341 acre park offers an assortment of recreational opportunities. Picnic areas can be reserved for group activities and fishermen try their luck along the shore. There are also hiking and biking trails and a playground for children. It is not unusual to see eagles circling the river or deer feeding in the park during morning and evening twilight. There are also a large variety of birds. You can always discover something interesting at Fort Washington Park.



Email - NACE_Superintendent@nps.gov

Fax- 301-763-1389

Write to
13551 Fort Washington Road
Fort Washington, MD 20744

Visitor Information - (301)763-4600


Operating Hours, Seasons
Historic Fort and Visitor Center 9:00am-5:00pm, daily April 1 thru September 30. 9:00am-4:30pm, daily October 1 thru March 31.

Park Grounds 8:00am-Dark

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day

Getting There
CAR - From Washington DC: Capital Beltway (I-495) to Exit 3A (Indian Head Highway or MD210), continue to Fort Washington Road, turn right, follow to the park entrance.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - No Public Transportation to the park.

The Visitor Center is wheelchair accessible. Access is limited in certain areas of the fort.


Open All Year
Phone - 301-763-4600
Special Programs - Lving History Programs conducted throughout the summer months.

Visitor Centers
Open All Year
Phone - 301-763-4600
Location - The yellow house on the hill in front of the Historic Fort.
Closures - Due to staffing, the Visitor Center will be closed periodically without notice.
Exhibits - Exhibits include information and artifacts describing the history of Fort Washington as the Capital's Guardian. Audio-visual program explores the park's history and special exhibits from time to time depicted elements of the park's history.
Available Facilities - Restroom, water cooler, bookstore

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These outdoors activities are available near Fort Washington Park.
 Campgrounds Near Fort Washington Park:
Louise F Cosca County Park, Clinton, 5 miles away
L F Cosca Regional Park, Clinton, 5 miles away
Andrews AFB, Andrews Air Force Base, 7 miles away
Harmony Place Trailer Park, Alexandria, 8 miles away
Cedarville State Park, Brandywine, 11 miles away
Fort Belvoir, Fort Belvoir, 13 miles away
Cedarville State Forest - Family Camp Ground, Brandywine, 13 miles away
 Marinas Near Fort Washington Park:
National Harbor Marina, Oxon Hill , 3 miles away
Tantallon Marina, Fort Washington , 3 miles away
Washington Sailing Marina, Alexandria , 6 miles away
James Creek Marina, Washington , 6 miles away
Fairfax Yacht Club, Alexandria , 6 miles away
 Hotels Near Fort Washington Park:
Red Roof PLUS+ Washington DC-Oxon Hill, Oxon Hill , 2 miles away
Comfort Inn Oxon Hill, Oxon Hill , 3 miles away
Harborside Hotel, Oxon Hill , 3 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites National Harbor-Alexandria Area, Oxon Hill , 3 miles away
MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill , 3 miles away
Residence Inn National Harbor Washington, DC Area, Oxon Hill , 3 miles away
Hotel Indigo OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA, Alexandria , 5 miles away
 Trails Near Fort Washington Park:
Swamp Trail, District of Columbia County , 9 miles away
Woods Trail, District of Columbia County , 9 miles away
Upland Trail, District of Columbia County , 9 miles away
Rock Creek Park Bike Trail, District of Columbia County , 10 miles away
Valley Trail, District of Columbia County , 11 miles away
 Beaches Near Fort Washington Park:
Bathing Beach, District of Columbia County , 8 miles away
 Ski Areas Near Fort Washington Park:
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 61 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
Ski Roundtop, Pennsylvania , 73 miles away, 600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 15 runs
 Whitewater Near Fort Washington Park:
Anacostia River, Prince Georges County , 10 miles away, Class I - 10 miles long (Highway 3 to Potomac)
Rock Creek, n a County , 11 miles away, Class II-III+(V) - 4 miles long (Above Military Road to Pierce Mill Dam)
Pimmit Run, Fairfax Arlington County , 13 miles away, Class IV(V) - 0 miles long (Glebe Road to Potomac)
Four Mile Run, Arlington County , 13 miles away, Class III - 4.5 miles long (Ohio Street to Arlington Ridge Road)
Rock Creek, DC County , 13 miles away, Class I-III - 4 miles long (Military Road to Potomac River in D.)
 Public Lands Near Fort Washington Park:
Greenbelt Park, Greenbelt - MD , 15 miles away
Glen Echo Park, McLean - VA , 15 miles away
Great Falls Park, McLean - VA , 17 miles away
George Washington's Grist Mill Historic State Park, Virginia , 11 miles away
Rosaryville State Park, Maryland , 12 miles away
Cedarville State Forest, Maryland , 12 miles away
Chapel Point State Park, Maryland , 15 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Fort Washington Park:
Henson Creek Golf Course, Fort Washington , 2 miles away
Tantallon Golf & Country Club, Fort Washington , 3 miles away
Potomac Ridge, Waldorf , 6 miles away
Greendale Golf Course, Alexandria , 6 miles away
Robin Dale Golf Club, Brandywine , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Fort Washington Park
Lake Barcroft, Fairfax County , 12 miles away
Greenbelt Lake, Prince George's County , 14 miles away
Gilbert Run Lake, Charles County , 17 miles away

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