Probably the best tour of a nationakl park outside of Gettysburg. Make sure and ask Wesley Gant, the park ranger, why we fought the War of 1812! His lively and informative description of people and events brought history to life. He introduced us to characters and local history we never knew... and we grew up here! Very exciting and rejuvenating.
This is a great place to bring kids too. Forts, dungeons, tunnels, motes, drawbridges, lookouts, armaments... It has it all.
The view of course is exceptional. Watch tour boats, airplanes, eagles and osprey from the tallest bluffs outside of DC... and, in the open fields, bluebirds and swallows. The natural beauty of this vista has not been spoiled. It is as grand and impressive as it was in the 19th century.
The grounds are lovely to walk or cycle. There are nice walking paths with plenty of benches and well-paved park roads for cycling. Bring a picnic lunch for a relaxing afternoon or evening sunset.
We did not plan to visit today. As a matter of fact, we headed to Mount Vernon, but the crush of tour buses and a hefty admission fee ($30 for two adults) caused a change of plans. So glad we caught a glimpse of the fort across the river and changed course.
Highly recommend for history buffs, nature lovers, and families.
Tip: If you are 62 years of age or older, obtain a National Park Service "Senior Pass" for free lifetime admission to national parks and monuments. A great value.
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