Fort Foote Historic Site

Fort Foote is the site of a gun battery installed on the Potomac River during the Civil War and subsequently abandoned. Less extensive than Fort Washington, little remains of its former function. The site is mostly wooded with an open recreation area along the entrance road. Beyond it, an area of scrub and tangles is sometimes left un-mowed, traversed by a mowed trail. Views of the river are less accessible than at the larger park, being somewhat blocked by trees. To the north, a colonial-era house is under restoration.


In Fall, look for migrant sparrows and warblers in the tangle, and migrating Red-headed Woodpeckers from the parking area. In both migration seasons, the wooded trails are good for migrant passerines. The river is perhaps best viewed from the area of the restored house

Best Seasons: 
Fall and spring.
Open sunrise to sunset all year.
Google Map: 
Fort Foote Historic Site
Site Address: 
8901 Fort Foote Road Fort Washington, MD 20744
From the Beltway, take the Rt 210 (Indian Head Hwy) exit south, but just immediately after the interchange turn right onto Oxon Hill Rd. Follow this 2 miles to Ft Foote Rd on the rt, then 1 ½ miles to the park entrance, marked but just past a sharp turn so watch carefully for it. To go on to Ft Washington, one can continue on Ft Foote Rd as it turns back to Oxon Hill Rd, thence bearing right, back to Rt 210 and on south as described for that site.
Prince George's County