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    Fort Dupont Park

    District of Columbia

Nature & Science

Mountain Laurel

Mountain Laurel in Ridge Picnic area

Andrejs Brolis

Fort Dupont Park is scattered with a wide variety of trees, shrubs and other plants. Maples, oaks, tulip poplars, Virginia pines, sweet gum, sassafras, persimmon and many other trees create the canopy of the park. Down below, the floor is scattered with blueberries, huckleberries, azaleas, spicebush, ferns, and mountain laurels. In late spring (May-June) Mountain Laurels are in full bloom and perfect time to get out and see the plants that are waking from their winter slumber.

 
wild turkeys

Wild Turkeys on the Garden Trail

Kevin F Barry

Dawn and dusk are great times to catch a glimpse of animals that make their home in the Park. Some of the animals that might be found while walking the trails are Whitetail deer, Possums, Black Snakes, Eastern Box turtle, Wild turkeys, Pileated Woodpecker, and Red-shouldered Hawks. Red and Grey foxes are also present but due to their reclusive nature they are a bit more difficult to spot. Keep your eyes open because there are also many other species of mammals, birds and reptiles that reside in Fort Dupont.

 

Did You Know?

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Built in 1861, Fort Stevens originally was named Fort Massachusetts. The fort was renamed Fort Stevens in 1863 after Isaac Ingalls Stevens. Stevens was the governor of the Washington Territory.