Clara Barton Parkway

Clara Barton Parkway gets its name from one of the most honored American women in history, Clarissa "Clara" Harlowe Barton. The self-taught nurse is famous for doing humanitarian work, advocating for civil rights, and founding the American Red Cross. You can find the early history of the American Red Cross preserved at the Clara Barton National Historic Site along the parkway. Before renaming the Maryland section of the route, Clara Barton Parkway's former name was the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Aside from honoring the historic humanitarian, renaming the street also helped travelers avoid confusion when addressing Virginia's portion of the George Washington Memorial Parkway.

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Clara Barton Parkway

Clara Barton Parkway offers a comfortable drive with beautiful scenes that RV users can enjoy with family or friends. The Potomac River flows parallel to the parkway, allowing you to see the calm waters on your ride. This attraction also has the Clara Barton National Historic Site with parking lots, making it convenient for an RV. Besides driving, the parkway includes hiking areas to add fun and exercise to your tour. You can take in the beautiful green surroundings and see some animals during a relaxing walk with your companions. 

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How To Get To Clara Barton Parkway

To access Clara Barton Parkway from the Baltimore Washington Airport, ride along BWI Arrivals Road, which connects to Friendship Road. Drive to I-95 W and take I-95 S and I-495 W to the parkway. Use Exit 41 from I-495 W to reach the Cabin John Parkway, which merges with the Clara Barton Parkway. Follow the signs reading "Glen Echo and MacArthur Boulevard" while driving on the parkway's left lane. Take the 180-degree turn to the left, and go on the small right spur to MacArthur Boulevard. Turn left at the three-way stop sign, and take Oxford Road on your left to the Clara Barton Historic Site's main parking lot. 

Clara Barton Parkway is accessible throughout the year from sunrise to sunset.


5801 Oxford Road, Glen Echo, MD 20812

Fee: Entry fee $0

Clara Barton Parkway has lovely natural attractions and some wildlife that deliver a serene yet adventurous trip for everyone. Driving along the Clara Barton Parkway presents an exciting experience for RV users because they can conveniently cover the entire area between Maryland and Washington, DC, while taking in the scenic environment. The parkway is parallel to the Potomac River, providing a relaxing ride and access to adjacent attractions and parks.