In 2010, with support and funding from the Connect Trails to Parks program and the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, the NPS worked with Arlington County, the City of Alexandria, Fairfax County and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association to identify and map self-guided hiking and bicycling routes connecting fort sites in DC, MD and VA. These connecting routes are the modern interpretation of a vision first articulated in the early 1900s to create connecting parkways or paths to help link and preserve the Civil War fortifications. Learn More
For more detailed mapping of trails connecting NPS-managed forts use the printer-friendly segment maps below. These self-guided trails are not marked on the ground and use existing trails and sidewalks. Please use caution when following these routes.
NPS Trail Segment Maps (8 1/2" x 11")
Did You Know?
The Civil War Defenses were generally named after well known Union officers (many deceased during the war). This was not always the case. Fort Williams was first named Fort Traitor because the owner, Samuel Cooper(left), pledged an oath to the Union only to become a Confederate later on in the war.