Located only two miles from Mount Vernon, the historical home of George Washington, Fort Hunt Park is a local favorite for picnicking and recreation.
This picnic area has transformed tremendously over time, from George Washington's farmland to a Spanish-American War fort to a top secret intelligence camp during World War II. The rich history of this area is still being discovered and shared with the public.
You may request a ranger program on the history of the park by calling 202-439-7325.
Fort Hunt has six picnic areas available, ranging in capacity from 100-600 people per site. There is no camping at this site. Also available are restrooms, picnic tables, playgrounds, softball fields and plenty of wide open spaces, Fort Hunt is an ideal place for group picnics. Area E is always open to the public on a first-come first-serve basis. However, the consumption of alcohol, use of moon bounces or other activities that require a permit are prohibited in Area E.
Users must provide their own barbecue grills. Use of barbecue grills requires a Size II Dry Chemical and ABC Rated be fire extinguisher be brought by the permit holder. Properly dispose ash and coal in the ash cans provided throughout the park.
Recycling containers are provided, and the National Park Service highly encourages recycling. But, please do not put any food item in recycling containers, for it will contaminate the recycleables and require them to be thrown out as trash.
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. Cancellations within 14 days of the reservation date will forfeit the entire reservation fee for the shelter facility. There is no inclement weather policy, this is an open outdoor facility. For further information on reservation and cancellation policies please visit https://recreation.gov/rules-reservation-policies.