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    Oxon Cove Park & Oxon Hill Farm


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  • POSTPONED: September 20 Young African American Lecture Series

    The September 20 Young African American Lecture Series has been postponed. The first event in this series will now be held Saturday October 18, 2014. More »

  • Saturday October 4, 2014 Program Change

    Our Meet the Dairy Cow, Chicken Program, and Park's Past tour of the historic house will be offered on October 4, 2014. However, the Wagon Ride will not take place. Please call the park at 301.839.1176, if you have any questions.

Nature & Science

oxon run

Looking downstream towards Virginia along Oxon Run, a moderate sized stream that broadens into a wide shallow estuary before joining the Potomac River.

NPS Photo

Oxon Hill Farm and the natural areas of Oxon Cove Park comprise a rich, diverse ecosystem that supports a wide variety of plant and animal life.

The topography of the park consists of two general zones: an area of broad Potomac River Floodplain and a high upward terrace. The upland terrace is cut and divided by several small intermittent drainages and descend to the floodplain. The floodplain is crossed by Oxon Run, a stream that broadens into a shallow estuary before joining the Potomac River. Oxon Run itself has been trained and rationalized by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, so that its course only partially follows its original path.

Oxon Cove Park offers two trails that allow visitors to walk on their own pace to explore some of the natural features of the park. These trails are the .3 mile Woodlot Trail and the Hiker - Biker Trail which is 1.6 miles.

Did You Know?

cider press

The oldest fruit tree in the National Park Service can be found at Oxon Hill Farm. For centuries the making of cider from apples has been more than just pressing fruit to provide a delicious drink. Cider making was a social event for family and neighbors.