Fort Washington National Park

Fort Washington was built to defend the river approach to Washington, DC more than 200 years ago. It was turned over to the Department of the Interior in 1946.The expansive grounds of the present Fort Washington Park, with its extensive hiking/bicycle paths and river view, are a scenic venue for picnicking, fishing, and outdoor recreation. Historical re-enactments are held periodically at the Fort, and there is a small museum.  There is a 3-mile trail that follows the perimeter of the park boundary, offering the opportunity for wildlife viewing.  The quiet solitude of the park appeals to birdwatchers.


Waterfowl in winter can be well viewed on the Potomac from the parking lot leading to the lighthouse. Loons, grebes, and diving ducks

A walk down the trail heading south.
Best Seasons: 
Winter, spring and fall. Winter views are best.
Open sunrise to sunset, all year
Google Map: 
Site Map
Site Address: 
1000 Lakeside Dr, Baltimore, MD 21210
$5 per car, $3/walk-in. A Golden Age Pass (if you are old enough) or Duck Stamp is a good idea.
Two lots on site
From I-95/495 take exit 3, Indian Head Higway South/MD 210. Travel about 4 miles to Fort Washington Road, turn right. The park is located at the end of the road. From Waldorf, MD: MD228 to Indian Head Highway/MD210 North. Turn left onto Old Fort Road. Continue to end of road, at the stop sign turn left onto Fort Washington Road, continue to park entrance.
Special Features: 
The fort and lighthouse are interesting attractions.
Prince George's County