Fort Washington State Park is a 493-acre landscape in southeastern Pennsylvania named after a fort built by none of than George Washington's troops during the bitter fall months of 1777, weeks before heading to the now-famous Valley Forge. There are 3.5 miles of hiking trails inside of the Fort Washington State Park, all of which provide a relaxed, comfortable way to take in the surrounding forest landscapes.
Cyclists are also allowed on these trails, which is why it's so important to keep a lookout as you take a walk around. Canines are welcome on these trails, as long as they stay restrained on some sort of leash. Make sure to take care and clean up after any messes they might make on your journey. Fishing is another favorite sport inside of Fort Washington State Park, primarily on the waters of the Wissahickon Creek.
This warm water fishing spot tends to be most popular during the summer months, containing fish species such as carp, panfish, suckers, and catfish. Due to its location, the creek is subject to all Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission rules and regulations. All individuals interested in fishing are required to obtain a license before hitting the shore and trying their luck.
Dogs are very much welcome on the creek, provided they are leashed up or restrained in some other way. If you would like to have an overnight experience, there are 140 sites to choose from. These tend to be fairly rustic, without anything more than a firepit to keep you warm at night. Reservations for these sites are available up to six months in advance, with payment required up front.
As per Fort Washington State Park's regulations, any canines visiting overnight must be up to date on their vaccinations before their stay. If you decide to spend the evening, make sure your dog stays restrained throughout your visit. During the winter months, the 1.7-mile loop inside of the Militia Hill Day Use Area caters to cross-country skiing. Rentals are available at the park's central office for an additional fee.