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The Washington Navy Yard (WNY) Riverwalk opened for limited public access on April 1, 2011. The WNY Riverwalk is located on the Washington Navy Yard along the Anacostia River between 11th Street SE to the east, and approximately 5th Street SE, where it is adjacent to the Yards Park to the west.

Holders of valid Department of Defense ID cards will be able to enter the WNY via turnstiles along the Riverwalk when the Riverwalk is open. *All pedestrian turnstile users at NSAW installations must establish pins for two-factor authentication prior to using the turnstiles.*

Two-factor authentication pins can be established by visiting or calling the Visitor Control Center at (202) 433-3738.

Access for non-ID card holders will continue to be through the Visitors Center, located at the intersection of O Street and 11th Street SE, Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and through the gate located at M Street and 6th Street SE at all other times.

Want to know more? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

Turnstile Access
Access to WNY through a turnstile is only granted to those with valid DoD CAC/I.D. All others must re-enter through another base access points. For more information on entering a turnstile, please click here.

WNY Riverwalk Hours
Both gates of the WNY Riverwalk are open daily, including weekends and holidays, 24 hours a day. Exceptions to these operating hours will be made when it is necessary to accomplish Navy operations. The Navy may block or restrict access without notice for safety or operational reasons. Public notification for scheduled closures can be found below and unscheduled closures can be followed on Twitter, using the link below.
WNY Riverwalk Rules

  • No weapons of any kind, regardless of permit, including firearms and knives.
  • No alcohol.
  • No pets, other than service animals (WNY residents exempt).
  • No bike riding, rollerblading, skateboarding, or scooter use permitted. Child strollers and wheelchairs are allowed.
  • No motorized vehicles, excluding wheelchairs.
  • No solicitation.
  • All bags and purses are subject to search.
  • No fishing, docking, swimming or water access.
  • Keep off the piers.

Connect to the WNY Riverwalk's Official Twitter page for real-time news and up to date operating hours.

The Navy Museum is located on the Washington Navy Yard and visitors must follow existing procedures to access the installation.


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