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 nations 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. 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. Recreation: 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. Facilities: 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. 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.
Fort Washington is a massive brick and stone fortress majestically guarding the Potomac River approach to the nation's capital. It was constructed in 1809 and saw service from the War of 1812 until WWII. Now a National Park Service (NPS) site, the park is expansive, with trails and day use areas to complement the fortress grounds. As an NPS facility, it offers a welcome center and small museum, and a place to get your National Park passport stamped. Fort Washinton is only about five miles south of the DC Beltway, so it makes for a nice afternoon or day trip for your individual or family outing for getting the kids outside. Parking is plentiful. Most of the fortress grounds are handicapped accessible, as are the pathways around the park.
Fort Washington National Park is a great park to stretch your legs. It offers plenty of walking trails and biking trails. You can fish from the water, or simply just picnic. The history that it offers is phenomenal. There is a visitor center and gift shop. The fort is fantastic. You're free to roam as you please. You can climb to the top of the fort or find yourself in the prison cells that housed prisoners. It overlooks the Potomac River and Mount Vernon can be seen in the distance. The only qualms I have with this park is the trash. The park is moderately maintained. Many broken things. There is a ton of trash along the shore.