• 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 »


A total of at least 243 species of birds have been recently recorded within the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Some of the parkway's birding hotspots include Great Falls Park from which 35 species of warblers have been reported during the spring or fall migrations and Dyke Marsh which has at least 25 species of waterfowl and is one of the few places in the Washington DC area where you have a chance of finding Marsh Wrens, and American and Least Bitterns. Another popular birding spot is the large mudflat area at the mouth of Hunting Creek (just north of Dyke Marsh). Here you can find 28 species of Plovers, Sandpipers and other wading birds during spring and fall migrations.

Did You Know?

Lock 1 of the Patowmack Canal

Great Falls Park is the northernmost site of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. One of the nation's first canals can be seen here. More...