Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why was Piscataway Park established?

A: This waterfront park was established to protect the natural and cultural elements along the Maryland shoreline that serve as the view shed to Mount Vernon.

Q: When was the park established?

A: It took almost 10 years to acquire enough acreage to establish the park. Public Laws authorizing the establishment as well as increasing the acreage of the park to nearly 5,000 acres were passed on October 4, 1961 (P.L. 87-362), July 19, 1966 (P.L. 89-513), October 23, 1972 (P.L. 92-533) and October 6, 1994 (P.L. 103-350).

Q: Are there trails for hiking?

A: Yes. There are established trails at the National Colonial Farm. There are no trails that connect the various sites within the park.

Q: Is it okay to fish in the Potomac?

A: Yes. Although a Maryland fishing license is required for persons 16 and older, there are many locations that offer easy access to the Potomac River and Piscataway Creek: National Colonial Farm, Farmington Landing, and Marshall Hall.

Q: Can you ride horses there?

A: No. The boardwalks are not constructed to accommodate the weight of horse and rider. In addition, many the trail surfaces are not conducive to such use.

Last updated: December 5, 2015

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

13551 Fort Washington Road
Fort Washington, MD 20616


(771) 208-1555
For information about programming and visitation call the National Colonial Farm, 301-283-2113.

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