Fountain at Georgetown Waterfront

Georgetown Waterfront Park

Photo by Jenny Gorman

With its sloped hills and shaded promenade tracing a gentle curve in the Potomac River, the 10-acre Georgetown Waterfront Park ties the neighborhood’s historic district to the river and rewards C&O Canal Towpath travelers with open views of the Francis Scott Key Bridge and Theodore Roosevelt Island.

The western section of the park features intersecting walkways, benches, large open lawn areas, and a labyrinth.  Along the way there are scenic overlooks with granite slabs etched with scenes from the waterfront’s prior life as a commercial seaport.  The eastern section of the park, adjacent to the C&O Canal Towpath’s Mile Zero marker, includes a high-arching fountain perfect for splashing in, stadium-like steps leading to the river’s edge, a welcome plaza, and a decorative pergola. For travelers and locals alike, the park is the perfect place for a picnic, for watching shore birds, or for viewing canoeists, rowers, and paddlers on the Potomac River.

Visitor Information

Georgetown Waterfront Park is most easily accessible on foot or by bicycle.  Limited metered parking may be available on the streets of Georgetown a few steps away.