Piscataway Park, National Colonial Farm, and Wharf Rd

Piscataway Park lies along 3 miles of the Potomac river in southern Prince George’s County, covering ~ 750 acres. It is accessed at 3 separate entrances – on the west end at National Colonial Farm (a re-created colonial-era farm), at the parking lot for the main boardwalk along the shore, and at the end of Wharf Rd where the view is across sheltered Piscataway Creek.  This is probably the best site in PG County for waterfowl. Here the river runs east to west, so views across are in favorable light, though the river is fully one mile across and a scope is essential. (Listers may note that the entire river up to the Virginia shore lies within Maryland).  Not immediately visible is a long pier behind the Colonial Farm VC extending well into the river.

Birdlife: 

Waterfowl include both dabbling and diving ducks, swans, loons, and grebes. Half-mile long Wharf Rd offers good passerine birding during Spring and Fall migration. Breeding birds include Screech Owl along Wharf Rd and Red-headed Woodpecker past end of the boardwalk, where trails branch off into forest habitat. Grassland birds may occur along the entrance roads to Colonial Farm and the boardwalk. 

Tips: 
Visitors Center at Colonial Farm; Port-a-potties at parking lots.
Best Seasons: 
All except mid-summer. Late Fall has been especially good for accidentals.
Hours: 
Open sunrise to sunset, all year
Contact: 
301-283-2113 (at Colonial Farm); www.accokeek.org
Region: 
Southern
Google Map: 
Piscataway Park, National Colonial Farm, and Wharf Rd
Site Address: 
3400 (for the Colonial Farm) Bryan Point Rd, Accokeek , MD 20607 1440 Wharf Rd, Accokeek, MD 20607
Cost: 
Free to the grounds. There is a fee to the historic areas of the park.
Parking: 
At all three sites.
Directions: 
From the Capital Beltway exit S. on Indian Head Hwy, exit 2 (follow signs). Go 9 ½ miles, past Farmington Rd, turn right on Livingston Rd at B&J deli, after 1 block turn rt one block to Bryan Point Rd, then left. Follow this to (1) rt at Farmington Rd then at .6 mi left on Wharf Rd, or (2) ~ 2 ½ mi to park entrance on rt, or(3) to the end at Colonial Farm.From Rt 301: At Brandywine turn W. onto Brandywine Rd (Rt 381), then immediately left onto Accokeek Rd (Rt 373 ). Continue 7 miles to Indian Head Hwy and cross, at B&J, and proceed as above.
Cluster: 
Prince George's County