East Potomac Park

For many locals, East Potomac Park is one of the city’s best-kept secrets.

This airy peninsula just south of the Jefferson Memorial drives a grassy wedge between the Potomac River and the Washington Channel.

The park draws sports enthusiasts throughout the year. You’ll find one 18-hole and two 9-hole public golf courses, miniature golfing, and a seasonal public pool.

The scenic riverfront trail that winds around the park’s perimeter is popular with walkers, runners, bikers, and skaters. In October, it fills with competitors in the annual Marine Corps Marathon.

Every spring, the park’s Japanese cherry trees burst into clouds of pink and white.

Hains Point, at the park’s eastern edge, offers stunning views of the river, Fort McNair, and the National War College. You can watch planes takeoff and land at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, while children frolic on the sandy playground.

If You Go: 

“The Awakening,” a dramatic oversized statue of a prone man who appears to be clawing his way out of the sand, was moved from Hains Point to National Harbor in 2008.









September 28, 2015

This park is great! Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation is hosting their annual Walk (Run) for Life on Sunday, October 18 at East Potomac Park. Registration starts at 7 am. Please click on the following link for more information: http://gol.convio.net/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=1221. Its going to be a great family friendly event!


September 4, 2015

This park has so much potential and is full of both natural beauty and offers great views of the city across the water. However, it is in horrible shape. The walkway along the waterfront, which could be wonderful, is dilapidated and dangerous with numerous huge gaping holes in the concrete. It's also often flooded with water at high tide and after a lot of rain. It's quite sad. Does anyone know if there are plans for refurbishment? I'm sure it would be quite expensive, and thus an uphill battle, but something needs to be done. The walkways are a safety hazard and a lawsuit waiting to happen.

water enthusiast

July 21, 2015

Such beautiful park. Just visited the park, only to find it overgrown and large holes in the walkways. It really needs some attention; great tourist spot...I think...

Mike j

June 19, 2015

Went to the park today at 3pm to use the pool. Was supposed to be open but alas... it was all locked up. :(


May 23, 2015

There is a large hole in the side walk. A law suit waiting to happen. Within of the back of Ft. McNair's Officer's club.

Park Fan

April 25, 2013

People looking for permits and other information for this park should try contacting the offices of the National Mall and Memorial Parks. Link: http://www.nps.gov/nama/contacts.htm


April 2, 2012

I live at waterfront SW and for years I have wanted to come over to the other side of the water... The views are gorgeous but the foot paths and sidewalks are dangerous, full of holes and in need of repair! How can this city be so pretty yet this park is forgotten?

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