Nature on a Historic Landscape

This 361 acre wooded park was once home to an earthen fort built to protect Washington, DC, during the Civil War. Today, visitors can see the fort's earthworks and escape to the great outdoors. Activities include picnics, nature walks, biking, gardening, environmental education, music, and ranger-led programs.

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An overview of the Civil War Defenses of Washington, the roles of Fort Stevens and other forts in the Civil War, and how park visitors can experience these places today.

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Fort Dupont Concert Series

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Fort Dupont Community Gardens
Fort Dupont Community Gardens

Fort Dupont Community Gardens

Civil War Defenses Washington
Civil War Defenses of Washington

Yesterday's Civil War forts are today's parks!

Last updated: July 18, 2024

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National Capital Parks-East
1900 Anacostia Drive SE

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