Donaldson Run Trail and White Oak Way Trail

MODERATE 6 reviews

Donaldson Run Trail and White Oak Way Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Arlington, Virginia that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
213 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

forest

river

muddy

rocky

historic site

This is marked as the Donaldson Run Trail and White Trail once inside. From the access at street level (30th Street) the sign at the top of the steps says Donaldson Run Stream Valley. It begins with stairs that descend to one water crossing over the Donaldson Run, then wooded paths, eventually requiring a few more water crossings, a dam and then a few more water crossings to get toward the George Washington Parkway, the Potomac Heritage Trail, and the Potomac River. This is a trailhead without an official parking lot, but there is street-side parking along 30th by the trailhead.

hiking
4 hours ago

So much fun!! Tons of options to leave the trail and make your hike more exciting

hiking
12 days ago

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hiking
2 months ago

This is a short, but moderately difficult trail. It includes multiple water crossings over a shallow to deep stream (depending on the time of year and recent rainfall). When I went, there were also several large downed trees that made crossing a little more difficult, but not dangerous. There are beautiful, small cascades all throughout the stream and the trail is very dog-friendly.