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 Washingtons 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. Natural Features: Fort Hunt is located just minutes from the nations capital in the lush hills of Northern Virginia. The area is abundant with trees, plants and wildlife, with mild, crisp winters that include the occasional dusting of snow, and hot, humid summers where the wildflower’s greenery paint the backdrop. The remains of Fort Hunt are also preserved in the park, including several surviving Spanish American War batteries. Recreation: Fort Hunt Park has many opportunities for recreation. There are several large fields and three softball diamonds, making it an ideal place for large picnics and family gatherings. The playground located in Area A is always open to the public, as are the historic batteries. The inner lane of the Loop Road is closed to cars past Area A and can be used as a multi-use trail. The stretch of the Mount Vernon Trail from Turkey Run Park south to Riverside Park is a great place to see birds along the river. There are several birds of prey that live in the area, including George and Martha, the resident bald eagles near Mount Vernon. Facilities: Fort Hunt has six picnic areas available, ranging in capacity from 100-600 people per site. With restrooms, picnic tables, playgrounds, softball fields and plenty of wide open spaces, Fort Hunt is an ideal place for barbecues and celebrations. 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. Nearby Attractions: Fort Hunt is located just minutes from Mount Vernon, the historic site and former plantation of George Washington. The museums, memorials and monuments of Washington, D.C., are also located a short drive from the picnic area.