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Fort Washington Park

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Address: 13551 Fort Washington Rd, Fort Washington, MD 20744
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Visitors can take a ranger-led tour to explore this historic fort's...

Visitors can take a ranger-led tour to explore this historic fort's features and its role as the only defense for the Nation's Capital until the Civil War.

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Beautiful views of the Potomac River, nice hiking trails and a bit of history thrown in

This Fort is run by the National Park Service, It was an active military post until after WWII, It is off the beaten path, and that is part of its charm. Lots of space and few... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 June 2016
Northfield, Minnesota
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Northfield, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

This Fort is run by the National Park Service, It was an active military post until after WWII, It is off the beaten path, and that is part of its charm. Lots of space and few people around. The sign SAID that entrance fees would be charged starting the week after our visit, but the two rangers in the interpretive... More 

Thank JoAnnEaton
North Carolina Mountains, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

This fort, like so many others in the National Park Service, is well preserved in a bare-bones style - it has the original walls and buildings but little in the way of historical restoration or dramatization. Fort Washington and its accompanying fortifications played a big part in our nation's capital from the War of 1812, through the Civil War and... More 

Thank Gryfudd
Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

If you like old forts, and I do, this is a fun one. Not overly preserved but with lots to clamber over. Good view of the Potomac River which it was supposed to protect. A nice smallish well done visitor center and lots of park space to hike or let the kids run around. A solid historical see.

Thank AugieD0ggie
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016 via mobile

If you are a history enthusiast you will love this well-preserved fort. A long history with various phases of development are well documented on notices around the very large site. Enthusiastic volunteer staff are keen to fill-in gaps in the notice board storyline and to put a human perspective on the story. The views from the fort are fantastic -... More 

Thank Igithaba
Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

My brother in law was visiting. Both he and my husband are military history buffs so when I was looking for things for us to do, this jumped out at me. It was a great way to spend the afternoon. We wandered around several areas of the fort (old and new). In the buildings and on top of the batteries.

Thank DebbieHatch
McLean, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016

Ft Washington Park is a great place to spend a day. For kids there are plenty of options to keep them busy. Be it learning a piece of history, fun games in sprawling grounds, fishing, biking, stunning vistas of the river, this place has everything to spend a whole day. Entry fee of 5$ per vehicle and valid for 3... More 

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Fort Washington, Maryland, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

I visited the park after a February snow storm to take my grandkids sleigh riding it very hilly near the Fort. The highlight is the Fort that overlooks the Potomac River just below Nation Harbor and the Wilson bridge. it overlooks Alexandria, Va , great scenic area and good picnic areas very spacious . Great If you are a history... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

Really enjoy this park. Lots of parking, wonderful trails that lead you to unexpected views and family friendly picnic areas. The historic fort is a must see and the view across the river from the top of the fort is a must see.

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Fort Washington, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

Fort Washington Park has for many years been considered a large open place where people can have there family and friends to gather for a day of fun, food, and fellowship. What a lot of people don't realize is that this place has a huge historical significance. It has one of the most significant sight lines for when the early... More 

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Annandale, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016

Located on the shores of the Potomac River, Fort Washington still stand tall. Nice rooms to visit, a small lighthouse and a beautiful park full of wandering deer. Nice place for a picnic. No food or drink available.

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