Fort C.F. Smith Park

Important Notices

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Description

Two-thirds of this 19-acre park is comprised of meadows and hardwood forests. A 1/2 mile of trails is available to assist in strolling the grounds. During the warmer months, the meadows around the parking lot are cloaked by wildflowers, which support a variety of butterflies. These same meadows attract a variety of seed-eating birds, such as vesper, field, song and savannah sparrows, plus American goldfinch and indigo bunting which in turn attract a variety of hawks. Other possible bird sightings include: barred and screech owls, scarlet tanager, Baltimore oriole, Eastern meadowlark, common yellowthroat, magnolia and black-throated blue warbler.

Directions

Physical Address: 2411 24th St N, Arlington, VA 22207

From Previous Site on the Great Falls Loop of VBWT:

Exit Theodore Roosevelt Island Parking lot and turn right onto the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Travel 0.6 miles and exit left at Spout Run Parkway. Continue on Spout Run Pkwy for 0.8 miles and turn right on Lorcom Lane. Proceed 0.1 miles on Lorcom Lane and turn right onto Edgewood Street. After traveling 0.1 miles, turn right onto 24th Street. Continue 0.4 miles to the park entrance and parking area on the left.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Arlington County Parks & Recreation: 703-228-7529, dpr@arlingtonva.us
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily

Birds Recently Seen at Fort C.F. Smith Park (as reported to eBird)

  • Mourning Dove
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • American Crow
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Carolina Wren
  • Gray Catbird
  • Palm Warbler
  • Black-throated Green Warbler

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Hiking Trails
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms