• Aerial view of the George Washington Memorial Parkway in the fall

    George Washington

    Memorial Parkway DC, MD, VA

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  • Lane Closures for Bridge Inspections

    Workers will close lanes of the George Washington Memorial Parkway while they inspect the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge on October 20 and the Metro bridge near I-395 on October 23. All lanes will be open during morning and afternoon rush hours. More »

  • Multiple Closures during Marathon on Sunday, October 26th

    Please visit the "Closures & Construction" page for more detailed information and for a list of alternate routes for the G.W. Parkway northbound from Rt. 50 to Rt. 123. More »

Animals

Even though it is surrounded by human development, the parkway is home to a wide variety of animals, including:

  • 29 species of mammals
  • 254 species of birds
  • 45 species of reptiles and amphibians
  • 62 species of fish
  • 17 species of earthworms
  • 13 species of millipedes and centipedes
  • 46 species of crustaceans
  • 80 species of mollusks
  • 37 species of arachnids
  • 2644 species of insects

Twenty-one of these species are listed by the states of Virginia or Maryland as rare, threaten or endangered.

Did You Know?

Copperhead snake

Copperheads are venomous and are found in Turkey Run Park. If you see any snake on the trail, never attempt to pick up or disturb it.