Plan Your Visit
It may be a night of jazz on stage under the summer stars or a winter walk among old beech and oaks that moves you, but you will find an opportunity for it at Fort Dupont Park.
The park is open year round, from dawn to dusk. Ranger led programs are given on a regular basis; please visit the schedule of events page for updated program information.
Fort Dupont Park and the surrounding Civil War Defenses of Washington sites along the Hiker/Biker Trail consist of over 400 acres of mature wooded forest, 10 miles of unpaved and paved trails, an Activity Center, and a concert stage.
During the Summer Concert series handicap parking is available at the Activity Center parking lot. On Saturdays that the park holds a concert Fort Dupont Drive will close at 3PM and only allow access for those who have a handicap tag.
The Activity Center (in Fort Dupont Park) offers Civil War Defenses of Washington brochures in braille and spanish.
If you would like a sign language interpreter for one of our programs please notify us two weeks in advance.
Did You Know?
The design for the Defenses of Washington was based on a textbook published in 1836 called A TREATISE ON FIELD FORTIFICATIONS, by Dennis Hart Mahan. Mahan was a professor of civil and military engineering at West Point.