Glover-Archbold Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Washington, DC that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
A big part of this trail is under construction/reclamation as of Sept 3. Once you cross Reservoir Rd and head toward the Potomac, it has a poorly marked detour to 44th street. It effectively ends so don't be surprised when your planned outing gets cut short. No details provided when this will be back to normal.
A bit industrial for a trail - you're walking along/on a large cement pipe a lot of the way. Still, very well shaded and a nice easy way into the trees in the city.
Hiked this last week. Very nice canopy of hardwoods kept late August temperatures down along the entire pathway. Saw a few deer, including a doe and fawn.
Connect from C&O via lit underpass under canal and Canal Road.
Saw a few people on the section nearest C&O canal, but very few on the upper portions. Very secluded and natural setting for an urban hike! A few street crossings, but fairly easy to pick up the path on the other side. At the upper end, go1 block east, then 3 blocks north on Wisconsin Ave to get to Tenleytown/AU metro (entrances from both sides of Wisconsin.)
Also connects to Battery-Kemble Park via the Wesley Heights Trail (signed); and there's an trail/onroad connection to Melvin C. Hazen trail as well (not signed).
Cool trail in the city. Very easy. Connects from the canal area to Tenleytown. You can choose to go out and back for a total of 6 miles or catch the Metro in Tenleytown for 3.
Trail is pretty flat. Because of its ease there are many dog walkers, runners and families.