The former guardian of the water approach to our nation's capitol sits on a cliff overlooking the Potomac River, offering an exceptional view of Washington and the Virginia shoreline. Today, Fort Washington is one of the few U.S. seacoast fortifications that remains in its original form. Over 200 years of army presence has endowed the park with a diverse group of military structures and a rich national history.
The 341-acre day-use only park offers many recreational opportunities; nine picnic areas, hiking and biking trails, and a playground area are available for public use. Special living history programs are sponsored at the site throughout the summer season, and the year-round Visitor Center displays artifacts and information interpreting Fort history. Ranger-led tours explore the fort with informational narrative; groups are asked to make prior reservations.