A "park for all seasons" describes the 376 rolling wooded acres that make up one of the largest parks in all of Washington. Picnics, nature walks, Civil War programs, gardening, environmental education, music, skating, sports, and youth programs are among the varied seasonal activities possible at this spacious area east of the Anacostia River. Among the traces of old roadways, oaks, beech, and maples that cover the hillsides. squirrels and rabbits find homes along with the night foragers - raccoons and opossums.
Fort Dupont Park is named for the Civil War earthwork fort located within the park. It is one of the forts that are collectively known as the "Fort Circle Parks", or the Civil War Defenses of Washington.