Fort Washington

Fort Washington, Maryland

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On the site of the ruins of a fort built to protect Washington, D.C., during the War of 1812, Fort Washington has served as a protective barrier for the city since the Civil War. Today it is a park with a rich history that sits on the banks of the Potomac River in Maryland, just outside the District. This prime location on the river just south of Washington, D.C., was originally the site of Fort Warburton, built to protect the capital city. However, in 1814, during the War of 1812, the British were able to invade Washington anyway, and Fort Warburton was destroyed by Americans so that it wouldn’t fall into British hands.

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"On the site of the ruins of a fort built to protect Washington, D.C., during the War of 1812, Fort Washington has served as a protective barrier for the city since the Civil War. Today it is a park with a rich history that sits on the banks of the Potomac River in Maryland, just outside the District.

This prime location on the river just south of Washington, D.C., was originally the site of Fort Warburton, built to protect the capital city. However, in 1814, during the War of 1812, the British were able to invade Washington anyway, and Fort Warburton was destroyed by Americans so that it wouldn’t fall into British hands."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Fort Washington
Distance: 2.9
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Fort Washington Park, 13551 Fort Washington Rd., Fort Washington, MD 20744; (301) 763-4600; www.nps.gov/fow
Local Maps: A National Park Service map is at www.nps.gov/fowa. Maps are also available at the entrance gate and the visitor center.
Driving Directions: Directions to Fort Washington

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