Fort Washington State Park

History

Fort Washington State Park LandscapeFollowing its defeat at the Battle of Germantown, the Continental Army camped at several different sites before choosing a more permanent, strategic location in Whitemarsh Township. 

More than 12,000 soldiers arrived to set up camp on November 11, 1777. The high ground where George Washington made his camp was easily defendable against British attacks. A handful of skirmished occurred in early December, but the American's superior position dissuaded the British from a large-scale attack. 

After a month in Whitemarsh, Washington abandoned the camp and moved toward Valley Forge, a similarly defendable position where the troops could build more suitable quarters and better defend the precious iron forges along the Schuylkill River. 

Very little remains from the encampment in what is now Fort Washington State Park. Fort Hill was at the western end of the positions and the site of the namesake fort, though all traces are lost. Militia Hill was the position of the Pennsylvania militia during the encampment. The Clifton House, a former tavern located within the park boundary, now houses a museum and library. 

Hope Lodge, a historic home adjacent to the park, is open for tours on select days throughout the year. 

Recreation

Fort Washington TrailTrails

Fort Washington State Park includes 3.5 miles of trails rated "more difficult." The longest of the trails is the Green Ribbon Trail, a 2.5-mile tract that connects Militia Hill to the Flourtown Day Use area. The trail also extends out of the park, connecting with Fairmount Park's Forbidden Drive in Chestnut Hill. The trails are also a favorite spot for cross-country skiing in winter.

Fishing

Trout fishing is a big draw during the spring when Wissahickon Creek is fully stocked. Carp, catfish, panfish and suckers are popular targets during the summer months. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply. 

Disc Golf

The Militia Hill Day Use Area is home to a nine-hole disc golf course. The 10-year-old course is heavily wooded, providing a challenging round. 


Restaurants Near Fort Washington State Park

Hilton Garden Fort WashingtonGreat American Grill (at the Hilton Garden Inn)
530 Pennsylvania Ave
Fort Washington, PA 19034
Distance: 3 Miles
215.366.1006

Located in the Hilton Garden Inn, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Room service in the evening and onsite catering available for all your event needs.

DoubleTree Philadelphia WestBrandywine Hunt Club & Grille (at the DoubleTree Philadelphia West)
640 Fountain Rd
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Distance: 6 Miles
610.879.4160

The Brandywine is a charming restaurant with noted American cuisine. Ask about our Easter, Mother's Day and Thanksgiving specials.

Dave & Busters Plymouth MeetingDave & Buster's - Plymouth Meeting
500 W. Germantown Pk
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Distance: 4 Miles
610.832.9200

Great food, lively atmosphere, and an awesome gaming room! A unique location for your next private party or corporate event; we have it all, for all ages! Eat, drink, play!

West Ave GrillThe Piazza on the Square
Old York Rd & West Ave
Jenkintown, PA 19046
Distance: 7 Miles
215.886.8030

In the heart of Jenkintown Borough, The Piazza on the Square offers a variety of restaurants, shopping, the arts and entertainment with public transportation nearby. Short term stays are available in the furnished Villa's on the Square.  


Hotels Near Fort Washington State Park

Hilton Garden Fort WashingtonHilton Garden Inn - Fort Washington Philadelphia
530 Pennsylvania Ave
Ft Washington, PA 19034
Distance: 3 Miles
215.646.4637

Fort Washington's newest hotel features an indoor pool and fitness center, and 24-hour business center. All rooms equipped with refrigerators, microwave ovens and coffee makers. 3,000 square-feet of meeting space available. 

Courtyard - Plymouth Meeting RoomsCourtyard by Marriott - Plymouth Meeting
651 Fountain Road
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Distance: 4 Miles
610.238.0695

The Courtyard Plymouth Meeting Hotel is ideally located near Center City Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, PHL Airport and the Crayola Factory. 

DoubleTree Philadelphia WestDoubleTree Suites by Hilton - Philadelphia West
640 Fountain Road
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Distance: 4 Miles
610.834.8300

The 253 spacious suites feature a living room, separate master bedroom, wet bar, coffee maker and refrigerator. Amenities include a pool, sun deck, whirlpool, sauna and exercise room, and the Brandywine Hunt Club & Grille.

Hampton Inn Plymouth MeetingHampton Inn - Philadelphia/Plymouth Meeting
2055 Chemical Road
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Distance: 4 Miles
610.567.0900

136 rooms. Features complimentary hot breakfast buffet, restaurant and fitness room on-site. Conveniently located, with additional dining and shopping within walking distance. Internet access, HBO, USA Today and local calls. Group rates and Hilton Honors Rewards. 

ACE Conference Center RoomsACE Conference Center
800 Ridge Pk
Lafayette Hill, PA 19444
Distance: 5 Miles
610.825.8000

Newly renovated, the ACE Conference Center is a distinctive, state-of-the-art facility situated on 300 acres of rolling hills and woodlands providing a secluded, yet highly accessible venue for any type of indoor/outdoor conference, business and/or social event.

Chestnut Hill Hotel ExteriorChestnut Hill Hotel
8229 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118
Distance: 5 Miles
215.242.5905

Located in the historic community of Chestnut Hill, well known for its many unique shops and restaurants. 36 rooms appointed with modern amenities. Bombay Room accommodates up to 50. Complimentary continental breakfast. Free parking. 

Hyatt House ExteriorHyatt House Philadelphia/Plymouth Meeting
501 E Germantown Pike
East Norriton, PA 19401
Distance: 6 Miles
610.313.9990

Conveniently located 2 miles from the Pennsylvania Turnpike the HYATT HouseTM offers hotel accommodations with a residential atmosphere in all of our 131 guest suites. Book your next reservation and enjoy complimentary breakfast & Wi-Fi. 

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