To explore the history of the Battle of Bladensburg, we recommend walking or biking the remains of the battlefield. With modern development, there isn’t much left of the landscape. However, the first and third line do have remnants that evoke the landscape of the time.
Start from Bladensburg Waterfront Park. Parking and restrooms are available. Cross the Anacostia River, formerly the Eastern Branch of the Potomac, via the pedestrian bridge. On the other side of the river is the Anacostia Tributary Trails System managed by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Follow the trail to the right toward Alternate Route 1. This trail follows the modern alignment of the river, which was changed in the early 20th century. The river once flowed closer to the parking lot of the Waterfront Park than today.
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