What to do in Fort Washington State Park

Fort Washington State Park and the community of Fort Washington take their name from the fort built here by soldiers of the American Revolution in the fall of 1777. Located just minutes from the metropolitan area of Philadelphia, Fort Washington State Park offers an afternoon respite from the rushed lifestyle. The park offers two lovely picnic groves with two beautiful picnic shelters large enough to hold company picnics and family reunions. One of the picnic areas even offers a softball field. Fishing is offered in the Wissahickon Creek offering warm water catches primarily panfish and catfish. There are 3.5 miles of hiking trails which are used during the winter months as cross-country ski trails. Group camping is also available.

Handicapped accessible picnic tables and parking spaces have been designated throughout the park. In the Flourtown Day Use Area there are accessible restrooms. Militia Hill Day Use Area has one accessible picnic pavilion and also the observation deck is accessible.

The beauty of the flowering dogwood laces the wooded slopes in the spring. Large open fields provide ample room for sporting activities throughout the year. Historians will find this area abounding with sites of local and national significance.

Fort Washington State Park and the community of Fort Washington take their name from the 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.

Fort Hill: This hill was the western end of the Continental troop positions and was the site of a redoubt. All traces of the original redoubt have been lost.

Militia Hill: The Pennsylvania Militia, under the command of generals Armstrong, Cadwalader and Irvine, held positions along this ridge.

Hope Lodge: Just south of Fort Hill on Bethlehem Pike lies Hope Lodge, a fine example of early Georgian Colonial Architecture. Built circa 1750, Hope Lodge is managed by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and is open to the public. For information, telephone (215) 646-1595.

Clifton House: 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. More information regarding the Clifton House can be obtained from: Fort Washington Historical Society, 473 Bethlehem Pike, Fort Washington, PA 19034.

Recreation
Located just minutes from the metropolitan area of Philadelphia, Fort Washington State Park offers an afternoon respite from the rushed lifestyle. The park offers two lovely picnic groves with two beautiful picnic shelters large enough to hold company picnics and family reunions. One of the picnic areas even offers a softball field. Fishing is offered in the Wissahickon Creek offering warm water catches primarily panfish and catfish. There are 3.5 miles of hiking trails which are used during the winter months as cross-country ski trails. Group camping is also available.

There is no swimming nor hunting at this state park. A mobile food vendor offers a variety of refreshments and makes regular rounds throughout the picnic areas from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Handicapped accessible picnic tables and parking spaces have been designated throughout the park. In the Flourtown Day Use Area there are accessible restrooms. Militia Hill Day Use Area has one accessible picnic pavilion and also the observation deck is accessible.

Location
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 approximately two miles from PA Turnpike Exit 26.

Climate
Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Fort Washington State Park area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging above 28 degrees Fahrenheit (above -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range above 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius).

Address
500 Bethlehem Pike
Fort Washington, PA 19034

Phone: 215-646-2942

Email: ftwashington.sp@a1.dcnr.state.pa.us
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