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