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Fort Washington Park Day Use Facilities, MD

part ofFort Washington Park, National Park Service
Status: Open through Sat Oct 31 2015   Season Dates


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 nation's 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.


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.


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.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Comfort Station
  • Fishing River
  • Hiking Trail
  • Lighthouse
  • Parking
  • Ranger Station
  • Telephone
  • Visitor Center
Know Before You Go
This is FORT WASHINGTON PARK located along the Potomac River. Is this the park you are looking for?
  • The park has an entrance fee of $5 for a privately owned vehicle, $3 per person on a bus or walk-in, under the age of 16 is free of charge. Everyone entering the park is required to pay the fee. All Federal Lands Recreation passes accepted.
  • No amplified music or DJs are allowed.
  • No moon bounces or structures that have to be constructed.
  • No propane grills or table top grills.
  • When you reserve a picnic area at Fort Washington Park, the National Park Service issues you a permit that governs your use of the site. The confirmation email you receive from Recreation.gov serves as your permit.
  • Your permit is only in effect from 9:00 am until sunset. It gives you exclusive use of the picnic area you reserved, but does not give you exclusive use of the restrooms in any area, the playground or basketball court.
  • You or someone you designate must have the permit (the confirmation email) on site for the entire event, including while you are setting up before and cleaning up afterwards.
  • You may bring pets to Fort Washington Park. Pets must be on a 6-foot leash (or shorter) and you must clean up after them.
  • See http://www.nps.gov/fowa/planyourvisit/picnicregulations.htm or call 301-763-4600 for detailed park rules.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.71083, -77.02917
38°42'39"N, 77°1'45"W

From Interstate 495: Take Exit 3 to MD 210 South (Indian Head Highway South). Travel approximately 4 miles to Fort Washington Road. Turn right on to Fort Washington Road and continue to park entrance.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Fort Washington Park Day Use Facilities
13551 Fort Washington Road
Fort Washington   MD  20744

Phone Number:

Information:  (301)763-4600

Special Events:

The events listed here are not intended to be an all inclusive list. Please contact the park for further details.

  • The event is held on the first Sunday of each month from April through October. Park Volunteers dressed in Civil War Uniforms demonstrate how the cannons used during the Civil War were loaded and fired. from Apr 01 2012 to Oct 31 2050
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