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“Spacious, green, well tended”
Review of Fort Hunt Park

Fort Hunt Park
Alexandria, Virginia
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Spacious, green, well tended”
Reviewed 24 July 2014

What an excellent local park, great place for bike riding, softball, Frisbee, picnics and birthday parties. Pavilions sometimes rent in advance so call ahead to reserve. Bald eagles often nest nearby, and there are Park Service Horses stabled at one end of the park. What a gem.

Visited July 2014
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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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896 reviews
471 attraction reviews
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“a nice picnic spot for visitors to Mt. Vernon”
Reviewed 21 July 2014

Fort Hunt is 99.9 percent locals; few tourists ever stop here. It's worth a stop for various reasons.

First, it is an excellent spot to come for a picnic after or before a visit to Mt. Vernon. There are plenty of tables, excellent facilities and lots of green space to throw a ball around and let the kids run off some energy.

Second, if you walk about a half mile to your right on the trail leading south from the park, you will come to a point where you get a breathtaking view of Ft. Washington across the Potomac.

Third, it you are carrying bikes or are hikers, this is an excellent place to park. It is truly a rarely used park, so there are already a zillion parking places. It is a 2.5 mile bike ride or hike to Mt. Vernon. the ride/hike along the Potomac is lovely, including that view of Ft. Washington I mentioned.

Fourth, Ft. Hunt kept a historical secret for more than 50 years. If you are driving into the park, look to your left just before you reach the first intersection where you must turn right to circle the park. In the distance, you will see what looks at first like the remains of an old cement lookout. In fact, it is above a huge underground facility that housed our famously successful decryption specialists during World War II. This secret was only divulged when a clever history sleuth stumbled into it ten years ago.

While the marker outside the bunker does not acknowledge this, nor can you enter the bunker, you will be among the few who knows what the men and women who served their country did for all our fighting men and women 60 years ago. They deserve more honors than they have received, and few enjoyed any recognition in their lifetimes.

Visited July 2014
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66 reviews
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“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed 22 June 2014

This Fort is a hidden Alexandria gem. Cool forts to climb and explore. Wide open fields to picnic on and play football or throw the frisbee around. The park is absolutely beautiful!

Visited July 2013
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Alexandria, Virginia
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34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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“Feels like a drive in the country”
Reviewed 31 May 2014

Fort Hunt Park can be very crowded at times with no parking available in the summer; but most of the time parking can be found. There are lots of family activities, the park itself is a little over a mile in circumference so there are a lot of walkers and joggers there who share the road with cars in a one way direction around the park. Also, handicapped accessible spots, however just as to err on the side of safety, I would not recommend walking there alone because there are thickets of woods nearby and a fence is broken so anyone can access it other than the main driveway which is right off the G.W Parkway.

Visited February 2014
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New Mexico
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103 reviews
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“Fort hunt park”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

I enjoy having picnics at ForHunt Park and walking around the grassy areas. It is easily accessed from the George Washington Parkway or Fort Hunt Road.

Visited April 2014
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