What visitors can expect in D.C.-Area national parks during shutdown

WASHINGTON— During the shutdown of the federal government, D.C.-area national parks will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. Park roads, lookouts, trails, green spaces and open-air memorials, including the National Mall, will generally remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited, and no National Park Service (NPS)-provided visitor facilities or services are available. This includes restrooms, visitor centers and information kiosks, and ranger talks and education programs. Visitors should expect to find areas closed that would normally be closed after dark.

It is not feasible to close or otherwise prohibit all access to all NPS properties. Park visitors are advised to use extreme caution if choosing to enter NPS property. Any entry onto NPS property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor’s sole risk.

NPS social media and websites are not being monitored or updated and may not reflect current conditions—access may change without notice.

Attractions closed during the shutdown include:

  • Arlington House
  • Belle Haven Marina
  • Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument
  • Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site (previous closure due to rehabilitation)
  • Clara Barton National Historic Site
  • Daingerfield Island restaurant, Triple Craft (closed for the season)
  • Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site (Ford’s Theatre Society will continue to offer performances in the theater as scheduled)
  • Fort Marcy
  • Fort Washington
  • Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
  • Great Falls (Md.) Visitor Center
  • Great Falls (Va.) Visitor Center
  • Hains Point
  • Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
  • Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site (previous closure to install a fire suppression system)
  • Old Stone House (previous closure for rehabilitation and fire suppression system)
  • Oxon Hill Fam
  • Peirce Mill
  • Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium
  • Turkey Run
  • Washington Monument (previous closure for elevator modernization)
  • White House Visitor Center


All public restrooms and comfort stations are closed. However, concessioner Guest Services, Inc., has provided portable comfort stations at the following locations for the duration of the shutdown:

  • Ellipse Visitor Pavilion
  • Lincoln Memorial (south side)
  • Thomas Jefferson Memorial
  • Washington Monument grounds (15th Street, between Madison Drive and Jefferson Drive)
  • West Potomac Park (between Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial)
  • World War II Memorial

Trash Collection

Partner organizations will assist with trash collection while NPS staff are furloughed due to the shutdown:

  • The District of Columbia Department of Public Works will provide trash removal at some NPS properties across the District that would otherwise not be serviced during a shutdown.
  • Seven of the Business Improvement Districts (Downtown, Golden Triangle, Georgetown, Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets, Mt. Vernon Triangle, NOMA and Southwest) will provide trash removal in their respective areas.

Concession Operations

  • Food kiosk and concessions operated by Guest Services, Inc. will continue to operate, with the exception of the retail operation located in the basement of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, as that area is closed to the public.
  • Eastern National will continue to operate bookstores at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial (mezzanine level only) and the Washington Monument Lodge.
  • Rock Creek, Langston, and East Potomac Golf Courses are open.
  • Rock Creek and East Potomac Tennis Centers are open.

Construction Projects that Continue

  • Washington Monument elevator modernization/screening facility
  • National Mall and Memorial Parks phase 2 water line
  • Lincoln Memorial roof
  • United States Park Police District 1 Substation
  • Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
  • Locks 3, 4 and 5-22
  • Conococheague Aqueduct
  • USMC War Memorial (Iwo Jima) repaving
  • Manassas National Battlefield Park Stone Bridge rehabilitation
  • Rock Creek Beach Drive
  • George Washington Memorial Parkway Spout Run Rock Scaling

National Park Service News Release

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