Things To Do
Fort Washington Park has a wide variety of activities. There is a 3-mile trail that follows the perimeter of the park boundary, offering the opportunity for wildlife viewing. Birdwatchers enjoy the quite solitude of the park to find that one special bird. If fishing is for you, the park is located right along the Potomac River where there are many different types of fish waiting for you.
One Sunday a month from April to October the park has Civil War artillery demonstrations.
FORT WASHINGTON PARK PICNIC RESERVATIONS are available through the National Recreation Reservation System. All information and directions about how to make new reservations will be available on the website, through the Recreation.gov, or by calling to make a reservation at 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. - 4:30 p.m. daily, or check back on our www.nps.gov/fowa website for links and updates coming soon!
Did You Know?
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.