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Looking decidedly different from the forest and wildlife inspired parks, Fort DuPont State Park is interesting in its own way.

Its buildings exude its historical significance as a military base in years past, with its purpose being to protect Philadelphia and the lands along the Delaware River from naval attacks. Its buildings, long since abandoned can be explored. Birds also fly and hunt in the parks borders, from ospreys to bald eagles.

Area: 322 acres

List of Park Activities:

  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Picnicking

List of Amenities:

  • Boat Ramp
  • Day Use Area
  • Historic Site
  • Picnic Tables
  • Porta-Potties
  • Trails
  • Wheelchair Accessibility


Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)

Q: What are the park’s operating hours?
A: Open daily, from 8:00 AM to sunset (which varies every day)

Q: Any water-based activities?
A: Yes, you can fish and go boating on the Delaware River.

Q: Can you see the guns used in the past when the park was a military base?
A: Yes, five guns can be seen along the River View Trail: Batteries Read, Gibson, Rodney, Best, and Elder.

Q: I want to see some majestic bald eagles! When is the best time to visit for this?
A: Bald eagles fly over the park all year-round. There are also ospreys in the summer months.

Q: Which rivers are inside the park’s grounds?
A: The park overlooks the Delaware River as well as the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.