Directions to NDU

Fort Lesley McNair,  260 5th Ave SW
Washington DC 20319-5066

Metro Directions to Ft. McNair

Take any Metro line and get off at L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station. Take the Green Line Metro towards Branch Ave. Get off at the Waterfront Metro Station. NDU is located approximately 1/2 mile from the Washington Metro’s Waterfront station on the Green Line. Leaving the station, cross Maine Avenue and walk down 4th Street (S) for three blocks until it ends and, turning left, becomes P Street SW. The Fort McNair main gate will be plainly visible. Pedestrians can access Fort McNair through the main gate with proper ID.

  • Driving Directions to Ft. McNair

NOTE: To enter Fort McNair, you must have your CAC card available at the gate

From Arlington and points South and West (via 14th St Bridge): Follow I-395 North across the Potomac River to the Maine Avenue exit on the right. Follow the exit straight ahead (through the stop sign) and turn left on Maine Avenue at the traffic light. Follow Maine Avenue until it curves left and becomes M Street SW. Turn right on 4th Street SW (stay in left lane) and continue two blocks until you must turn left onto P Street SW.  Continue past Fort McNair Main Gate and turn right onto 2nd St SW. The NDU Visitor Access Point will be approximately one block on the right.

From Alexandria or Anacostia (via Woodrow Wilson Bridge): Follow I-295 North to the South Capitol Street exit. Proceed across the South Capitol Street Bridge, staying to the right. Bear right coming off the bridge, avoiding the underpass, and turn left on to M Street SW at the traffic light. Continue West on M Street SW to 4th Street SW. Turn left on 4th Street SW (stay in left lane) and continue two blocks until you must turn left onto P Street SW. Continue past Fort McNair Main Gate and turn right onto 2nd St SW. The NDU Visitor Access Point will be approximately one block on the right.

From Maryland, Prince George’s County and Eastern Montgomery County: Follow the Capitol Beltway (I-495 or I-95) to the Baltimore-Washington (B-W) Parkway exit. Proceed Southbound on the B-W Parkway. As you near Washington, the B-W Parkway will become I-295 South. Continue on I-295 to the Suitland Parkway exit. Exit at the Suitland Parkway and then immediately exit on to I-295 Northbound. After joining I-295 North, immediately exit at the South Capitol Street exit. Then proceed according to the directions above.