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Find out about the National Parks in Washington, DC, and its surrounding suburbs in Maryland and Virginia. National Parks are maintained by the National Park Service and offer special ranger led programs.

Anacostia Park – Washington, DC
Anacostia Park is one of Washington, DC's largest recreation areas with more than 1200 acres stretching along the Anacostia River from the Frederick Douglas Memorial Bridge to the DC/Maryland border. The park has shoreline access, a swimming pool, ball fields, trails, picnic facilities

Capitol Hill Parks
Park areas in the Capitol Hill area that are managed by National Capital Parks-East.

Catoctin Mountain Park
National Park in the Catoctin Mountains of Maryland with camping, picnicking, fishing, hiking trails, scenic vistas, and more.

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal
The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal (C & O Canal) is a national historic park that runs 184.5 miles along the north bank of the Potomac River, starting in Georgetown and ending in Cumberland, Maryland. Learn about the history and the recreational opportunities along the C & O Canal.

Civil War Battlefields Near Washington, DC
Find information about Civil War battlefields near Washington, DC, including Gettysburg National Military Park, Monocacy National Battlefield, Antietam National Battlefield, Manassas National Battlefield, Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park.

Clara Barton National Historic Site
This National Historic Site commemorates the life of Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross. The house sits adjacent to Glen Echo Park in Glen Echo, Maryland.

Ford's Theatre - A Visitors Guide
Ford's theatre is a live-theatre and a Washington, DC historical landmark, a museum of Abraham Lincoln's assassination.

Fort Dupont Park
Parked named for a Civil War fort located within the park. Visitors enjoy picnics, nature walks, gardening, environmental education, music, skating, sports, ranger led Civil War programs and free summer concerts.

Fort Washington Park
Park overlooks the Potomac River and offers a beautiful view of Washington, DC and Virginia. The old fort is one of the few U.S. seacoast forts still in its original form.

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington, DC
Tour the beautifully restored Victorian Mansion that was the former home of Frederick Douglass, the famous abolitionist and advisor to Lincoln.

George Washington Memorial Parkway
George Washington Memorial Parkway, locally known as the GW Parkway, runs along the Potomac River providing a gateway to the nation’s capital. Find Washington DC attractions along the George Washington Memorial Parkway.

Glen Echo Park
This park offers year-round activities in dance, theater, and the arts including concerts, demonstrations, workshops, and festivals. Located in Montgomery County, close to Washington, DC.

Great Falls Photos, Pictures of Great Falls, Virginia
See photos of Great Falls, a natural landmark along the Potomac River in McLean, Virginia, near Washington, DC

Great Falls Park, A Vistor's Guide to a Natural Landmark
A Visitor's Guide to Great Falls Park, a natural landmark in Mclean, Virgnia just west of Washington, DC. Find out about hiking, picnicking, kayaking, and more at Great Falls Park.

Greenbelt Park
National Park near the University of Maryland with campgrounds and lots of recreational facilities.

Junior Ranger Programs – National Park Activities for Kids
Junior Ranger programs offer a fun way for kids to learn about the history of America’s National Parks. Junior Rangers, ages 6-14 enjoy activities, games and puzzles, earn Junior Ranger badges, patches, pins and stickers.

Manassas National Battlefield Park
Manassas National Battlefield, a 5000-acre park located 32 miles west of Washington, DC, preserves the historic site of the First and Second Battles of Manassas during the Civil War. Manassas National Battlefield Park offers a variety of activities, scenic vistas, and walking trails.

The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site
Visit this Washington, DC museum and learn about the life of Mary McLeod Bethune, an African American woman educator, presidential advisor, and political activist.

Monuments and Memorials in Washington, DC
Washington, DC is a city of monuments. Learn about the memorials of famous American leaders who helped shape the United States.

Exploring the National Mall
Highlights of the National Mall in Washington DC.

Photos of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park
Photos of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, C & O Canal Pictures in Washington, DC, and Maryland

Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
Six trails in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia are considered as segments of this beautiful trail and provide a wide range of recreational and educational opportunities.

Prince William Forest
National Park in Prince William County, Virginia, with the largest protected natural area in the Washington, DC area. A variety of recreational activities are available including wildlife viewing.

Rock Creek Park – Washington, DC - A Visitor's Guide
Rock Creek Park is Washington, DC’s urban park that extends 12 miles from the Potomac River to the border of Maryland. Major sites include Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium, the National Zoo, Carter Barron Amphitheater and Old Stone House.

Theodore Roosevelt Island – Washington, DC
Theodore Roosevelt Island, a memorial and wilderness preserve includes a 17-foot bronze statue of Roosevelt, and 2 1/2 miles of foot trails along the Potomac River near Washington, DC.

U.S. Park Police – About the United States Park Police
The U.S. Park Police is a unit of the Department of the Interior that provides law enforcement services in National Park Service areas, primarily located in the urban areas of Washington, DC, San Francisco, and New York City. Learn about the U.S. Park Police in Washington DC

Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts
A national park dedicated to the performing arts. Outdoor concerts are featured in the summer and indoor performances are held the rest of the year. Located in Vienna, Virginia, just 20 minutes from Washington, D.C.

Antietam National Battlefield – Sharpsburg, Maryland
Learn about visiting the historic battlefield including information on tours, directions, fees, recreation and attractions in the area. The Battle of Antietam was known as the bloodiest battle of the American Civil War.

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