• Fort Washington

    Fort Washington

    Park Maryland


Fort Washington Park Picnic Reservations are on the National Recreation Reservation System.

To make reservations for the picnic areas go to www.recreation.gov website, or call 1-877-444-6777.

Please feel free to call the Fort Washington Park Visitor Center for more information at 301-763-4600, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily.

Fort Washington Park offers a great setting for family and organizational picnics. There are tables and grills for small groups throughout the park and available for use on a first-come first-served basis from the time the park opens until dark. These areas are only set up for small groups (14 or less) and tables cannot be moved to accommodate larger groups. All picnic users are responsible for complying with park regulations.

A Picnic Permit is required for all groups of 15 or more. There is a fee for the group picnic areas. The group picnic areas must be reserved in advance and will be made available for the exclusive use of the group once the permit is issued. Group picnic areas will be available for the groups exclusive use, rain or shine. Permit holder is liable for all damages to park property located within the reserved area. It is the responsibility of the group to protect park property, preserve trees, flowers and all wildlife; maintain order and keep the area in a clean orderly condition.

Did You Know?

The explosion aboard the USS Princeton in 1844 occured on the river near Fort Washington.

In 1844, President John Tyler was almost killed on the river near Fort Washington, when an experimental cannon exploded aboard the USS Princeton. Six were killed(including Secretary of State Abel Upshaw & Secretary of the Navy Thomas Gilmer) , 20 were injured. The accident prompted Thomas Jackson Rodman to develop a new way of casting artillery and the creation of the 15inch Rodman Gun, like the ones that can be seen at Fort Foote.