Changes to Visitor Services due to Sequestration
Due to mandatory, across-the-board budget cuts, some visitor services in this park have changed. Please check the Plan Your Visit section for more information.
This park protects a balance between man made areas and natural ones. They share a watershed and you may encounter the unexpected.
Animals are wild, not pets. They may allow you to approach, then become frightened and defend themselves. Keeping you distance, at least ten feet, is one way to ensure that you and the wildlife are safe.
The park floods, absorbing water that might damage the surrounding community. Do not enter a flooded area even if it looks shallow. Currents may be faster than they appear.
Poison ivy grows in many places in the area. Learn to recognize it and avoid it.
One of the most important things national parks protect is the integrity of nature. This includes biting insects, graceful egrets, poison ivy, and delicate Sagittaria.
Nature can be enjoyed if we take the responsibility to learn more about our real world, and preserve it in our recreation.
Did You Know?
Old Washington, DC was a place of rivers. Compare the map here to a current river map. Where did the rivers go?