Fort Washington Park

Overview

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 this 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. The United States 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 this 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. You can always discover something interesting at Fort Washington Park.

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Seasonality / Weather

The Visitor Center and Historic Fort are daily. The first Sunday in April through the last Saturday in October the buildings are open 9 am to 5 pm The rest of the year they close at 4:30 pm The park grounds are open 8 a.m. tosunset at all times. Closed January 1, Thanksgiving, and December 25

Directions

Driving: 

From I-95/495 take exit 3, Indian Head Higway South/MD 210. Travel about four miles to Fort Washington Road, turn right. The park is located at the end of the road.

From Waldorf, Maryland: MD228 to Indian Head Highway/MD210 North. Turn left onto Old Fort Road. Continue to end of road, at the stop sign turn left onto Fort Washington Road, continue to park entrance.