Fort Washington Park

 

Contact Information:

Fort Washington Park
13551 Fort Washington Road
Fort Washington, MD 20744
(301) 763-4600

Additional Information:
Official Park Page

Need a place to stay?
Maryland Lodging

Books:
Fort Washington and Upper Dublin (Images of America)
Artillery Through the Ages: A Short Illustrated History of Cannon, Emphasizing Types Used in America
The Potomac: A Nation's River


Fort Washington Park 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. You can always discover something interesting at Fort Washington Park.

Fees:
Private Vehicle - $5 for 3 days
Individual - $3 for 3 days
Fort Washington Park Annual Pass - $20

Getting There:
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.