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Fort Washington State Park is a Pennsylvania state park in Springfieldmarker and Whitemarshmarker Townships, Montgomery Countymarker, Pennsylvaniamarker in the United States. The park is noted for the springtime flowering of dogwood trees, and is popular with families for picnics and hiking. It is approximately north of Philadelphiamarker, from exit 339 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

History

Both Fort Washington State Park and the neighboring townmarker are named for American defenses and encampment established here in 1777, during the Philadelphia campaign of the American Revolutionary War. After Washington's defeat at the Battle of Germantownmarker, his 11,000 troops where encamped in this area from November 11 1777 to December 11 1777, after which time they marched to Valley Forgemarker for winter quarters. From December 5 - December 8, 1777, the Battle of White Marsh was fought in the immediate vicinity. The park's Fort Hill marks the spot where a temporary fort once stood. The Pennsylvania Militia (under Generals Armstrong, Cadwalader and Irvine) held positions on what is today called Militia Hill.

The park was established by Philadelphia's Fairmount Parkmarker Commission in the early 1920s. The commission, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Forests and Waters, administered the park until 1953. That year, an act of state legislature transferred responsibility of the park to the Pennsylvania Department of Forests and Waters (known today as the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources).

Recreation

Recreational activities at Fort Washington State Park include fishing, hiking, dog walking, bird and wildlife watching, sledding, cross-country skiing and picnicking. From September 1 to October 31, an organized "Hawk Watch" takes place in which viewers can observe all 16 species of raptors that migrate on the East Coast from the park's observation deck. Hunting is prohibited at Fort Washington State Park.

Nearby state parks

The following state parks are within of Fort Washington State Park:

Dog walking and fishing are two of the many activities enjoyed at the park.


References

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