Fort Washington State Park

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Fort Washington State Park

Pennsylvania

(215) 591-5250

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Overview

Rich in modern recreational facilities and historical significance, Fort Washington blossoms with flowering dogwood in the spring. Fort Washington State Park and the community of Fort Washington take their name from the temporary fort built here by soldiers of the American Revolution in the fall of 1777. Whitemarsh, as the area was called then, was the scene of the encampment of 12,000 soldiers of General Washington's army from November 2 until December 11, 1777. Visitors can view Fort Hill located at the western end of the Continental troop positions and was the site of the fort and Militia Hill, where the Pennsylvania Militia, under the command of generals Armstrong, Cadwalader and Irvine, held positions along this ridge. Built in 1801, Clifton House lies just north of Fort Hill on Bethlehem Pike. Formerly the Sandy Run Tavern, it now houses a valuable library and museum of local importance. It is operated by the Fort Washington Historical Society and is periodically open to the public. In addition to the rich history, Fort Washington State Park is popular with hikers and picnickers and provides beautiful grounds for recreational activities.

Map of Fort Washington (PA)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.125866, -75.227519

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Activities

  • Bird Watching

    Birders enjoy the seasonal migration of raptors from the Observation Deck.

  • Bicycling

    Use of a mountain bike on a trail is permitted only on a trail posted for mountain biking.

  • Camping

    Organized Group Tent Camping: This rustic area is open year-round and has a maximum capacity of 220 people.

  • Fishing

    Wissahickon Creek passes through the park offering trout fishing in the spring. During the summer, it offers warm water fishing for carp, catfish, panfish and suckers.

  • Golfing

    The wooded, 9-hole course begins in Lot 2 in the Militia Hill Day Use Area at a kiosk with a map of the course.

  • Hiking

    Fort Washington State Park offers 3.5 miles of moderately difficult trails wander through forest and open fields. This 2.5-mile multi-use trail provides opportunities for biking, hiking and cross-country skiing along Wissahickon Creek. It connects the Militia Hill and Flourtown Day Use areas via Montgomery County Park land. The trail also extends through local communities to the south and connects with Fairmount Park's Forbidden drive in Chestnut Hill.

  • Picnicking

    Flourtown Day Use Area and Militia Hill Day Use Area provide over 300 picnic tables. Two picnic pavilions are available for year-round use, weather conditions permitting. The pavilions are available for rental with advance reservations. If not reserved, they are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Large playfields offer ample room for group or individual picnic activities.

  • Water Sports

    Fishing is among the popular water sports.

  • Winter Sports

    Near Lot 5 in the Militia Hill Day Use Area is a 400-foot slope for sledding. Both beginner and expert skiers can enjoy the 1.7-mile loop trail in the Militia Hill Day Use Area.

Directions

Driving

Fort Washington State Park consists of 493 acres in eastern Montgomery County. The park lies between the towns of Fort Washington and Flourtown along the Bethlehem Pike. It is about two miles from PA Turnpike Exit 339.

Phone Numbers

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(215) 591-5250

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