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Distance

3 miles

Trail Type

Loop

Trail Difficulty

Easy

Δ Elevation (FT)

Minimal

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Fort Washington Park Trail

Maryland

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Fort Washington Park Trail is an easy kid friendly loop near Washington D.C. that leads hikers through more than 200 years of history defending our nation's capitol. The park says this trails "follows the perimeter of the park boundary, offering the opportunity for wildlife viewing. Birdwatchers enjoy the quiet solitude of the park to find that one special bird. If fishing is for you, the park is located right along the Potomac River where there are many different types of fish waiting for you."

History

The War of 1812, the American Civil War, WWI, WWII... Fort Washington has had many duties during its long and storied history. It was completed in 1809 and served as the only line of defense on the Potomac River to Washington D.C. during the War of 1812. The fort’s garrison destroyed it in 1814 as the British closed in. During the Civil War it protected the Capitol as string of new forts were constructed. During World War I it was a staging area for soldiers shipping off to France and during World War II is was used as the Army’s Adjutant General’s School. In 1946 Fort Washington was returned to the Department of Interior, however to this day it is the only permanent fortification ever built to defend a river approach to Washington D. C. The lighthouse at Fort Washington is still in use. Today, hikers can enjoy a loop through the park and walk through its more than 200 years of history.

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Contact: Fort Washington Park 13551 Fort Washington Road Fort Washington, Maryland 20744

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