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Fort Washington Park Day Use Facilities

Fort Washington Park



Fort Washington Park is a local favorite located 15 miles south of Washington, D.C. near the Potomac River. Visitors can explore the 19th century masonry fort, enjoy outdoor recreation, picnic, play in the playground or on the basketball court, and observe the abundance of trees, wildlife, and shoreline. Park Rangers are also on-site to provide park information.


Fort Washington is located 15 miles south of Washington, D.C., along the Potomac River. Part of the National Park Service, it is a local favorite for picnicking, recreation and historic interest. Built to defend the nation's capital in 1824, the 19th century masonry fort is the oldest and best preserved in the area. Rich in history, green space, and beautiful river vistas, Fort Washington Park is a treasure trove of historic and recreational opportunities.


There are several large fields making it an ideal place for large parties and family gatherings. Different types of trails are available for bicycles and river path hiking. The playground is located in the "B" picnic area; the basketball court is located near the "C" picnic area. Both are open during regular park hours year round. The playground and basketball court areas are not exclusive to the permitee, but open to all visitors of the park.


Fort Washington has eight picnic areas available, ranging in capacity from 35-150 people per site, with restrooms, picnic tables, and barbeque grills. The Visitor Center and Historic Fort are open year round. Park Rangers are on site to provide park information and historic talks and walks.

Natural Features

Fort Washington Park is located off Maryland Highway 210, four miles south of the National Harbor along the Potomac River in the quaint, quiet Fort Washington neighborhood. Abundant with trees, wild life, shore line and 341 acres of green space Fort Washington Park is great for fishing, birding and hiking.


For facility specific information, please call (301) 763-4600.

Nearby Attractions

Fort Washington Park is located just minutes from Oxon Cove Park, Piscataway Park, National Colonial Farm and the National Harbor. Downtown Washington, D.C. and interstate access are less than 10 miles from Fort Washington Park.
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