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Fort Dupont Park Picnic Areas, DC

part ofFort Dupont Park, National Park Service
Photo: Fort Dupont Park Picnic Areas
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Fort Dupont Park has three picnic areas that can be reserved for use by groups from spring to fall each year. There are also picnic areas available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Natural Features:

Fort Dupont Park has 376 rolling wooded acres, and is one of the largest parks in Washington D.C. Oak, beech and maple trees cover the hillsides. There is also a large area of mountain laurel that blooms in the spring each year.

Recreation:

The varied seasonal activities at this spacious area east of the Anacostia River include: picnic areas, hiking trails, Civil War programs, gardening, environmental education, concerts and special events, mountain biking and youth programs.

Facilities:

The three picnic areas at Fort Dupont that can be reserved are:
Picnic area A at Randle Circle, Picnic area B at Randle Circle, and the Historic Earthwork (Lanham Estates) picnic area on Alabama Avenue.
Lanham Estates: has a picnic shelter, tables, grill and a fireplace. Electricity is not available on site. This site also has an adjacent parking lot with open space nearby for playing games but there are no formal ball fields. This is also in the historic area of the park that contains the earthwork remnants of Fort Dupont and interpretive signage that give the history of the fort. Access to the nearby Hiker-Biker Trail, a seven mile trail that connects multiple fort sites in southeast Washington, D.C., is also on site.

Sites A and B: have picnic tables, a grill and a nearby restroom building and playground. Electricity is not available on site. These areas have street parking but there is also a larger parking lot less than 1/4 mile from the picnic area. This site is also close to several park nature trails and the Fort Dupont Activity Center that has exhibits and other information about the park. No other amenities are available.

Nearby Attractions:

Visitors may also enjoy visits to Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, Smithsonian Anacostia Museum, Anacostia Park, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and the Anacostia River Trail.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Playground
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Cell phone service
  • Educational Programs
  • Event Area
  • Flush Toilets
  • Flush Toilets (Seasonal)
  • Guided Interpretive Walks
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Parking
  • Paved Roads
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • Ranger Station
  • Recreation Programs
  • Trailheads
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • ATM
  • Bank
  • Bike Rentals
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat Trailer Parking
  • Bus Stop
  • Church
  • Community Park
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Ice Skating
Know Before You Go
  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
  • Live bands, DJs, amplified music, moon bounces, helium balloons, parking/driving on the grass, generators, etc., are also prohibited.
  • Parking for Randle Circle picnic areas is curbside parking and/or there is a large parking lot about 1/4 mile from the picnic area on Fort Dupont Drive.


Getting There:

Please visit the website for detailed directions, .

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Fort Dupont Park Picnic Areas
National Capital Parks - East 1900 Anacostia Dr SE
Washington  DC  20020-6722

Phone Number:

Information:  (202)426-7723
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