Explore Mt. Vernon’s Viewshed Year Round by Land or by Water at Piscataway Park
Depending on which direction you are traveling, Piscataway Park sits at the beginning or the end of the Southern Maryland segment of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. Piscataway, is, however, much more than a landmark. It is an experience unto itself, one that can be enjoyed by land or by water.
As a scenic easement meant to preserve the view from Mt. Vernon, Piscataway Park is a testament to the rich history of the Potomac River.
Once you leave Indian Head Highway towards Piscataway Park the landscape becomes lush and inviting. In a few short miles, you leave the modern world behind and arrive at the National Colonial Farm, an 18th century working farm, complete with heritage breeds and farmers dressed in colonial attire. To keep visitors from getting lost in time, however, the Park also hosts the Robert Ware Straus Ecosystem Farm, a USDA-certified organic vegetable farm and community supported agriculture (CSA) enterprise. Many trails wind through Piscataway where visitors can explore this unique riverside park open year round.
If you brought your paddle, you can launch small boats at the Farmington Landing Site located on Piscataway Creek and small and larger boats at the Marshall Hall Site on the Potomac. The Accokeek Creek Site boasts a boardwalk over a marsh area that offers wildlife viewing.
The Accokeek Foundation is the steward of 200 acres of Piscataway Park, including the National Colonial Farm and Ecosystem Farm. The Foundation has facilities for outdoor classroom experiences and agricultural and conservation projects. Contact the Accokeek Foundation for more information.
For directions, hours, and more information visit the National Park Service’s website for Piscataway Park.