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Georgetown Loop is a 6.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Washington, District of Columbia that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 6.7 mi Elevation gain 557 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Kid friendly Walking Running Forest Partially paved River Views City walk
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Allyza Lustig
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For the most part, this is a great trail, awesome to walk so far through the city on forested paths. Look out for the connection between Glover Archibald and the Canal trail. When we were there it was closed off and we couldn't figure out how to make the connection. Ended up on city streets for the rest of the walk home.

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Ewen Buchanan
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Ellen Schwenk Medlock
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This was a great hike but hard to follow in two places due to the “tiered layers” along the water. (Needed a 3D map basically). I couldn’t tell which path I was supposed to be on And it seemed to change! But the worst part was the start. Trailhead as posted is above the trail, on street, by a bridge. There’s no way to get under the bridge on the trail as indicated and it’s a long, long way down. The adjoining park (Walter pierce park) has fencing up so you can’t go down the slope. Instead cross the Duke Ellington bridge and turn left and head down the exit ramp. I skipped the Glover archibald segment since I hiked that recently and cut through Georgetown university instead. The bottom part of Glover archibald has been closed since 2016 so I knew I couldn’t follow that part anyway. Exiting Georgetown university, It was hard for me to find the trail to the underpass to get to the c&o canal part. Just knowing access was via underground tunnel would have helped me immensely. Despite cutting out the Glover archibald section I logged over a mile longer than indicated.

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Dominick Shattuck
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Started in Rosslyn, walked over Key Bridge, onto the canal and hiked opposite the suggested route. Entrance to Glover Archibald Park on the M St/MacArthur Blvd side is closed. Quick detour through neighborhood parallel to the park/Reservoir Rd. Puts you back on the trail (entrance sign says Rock Creek Park), which was awesome. When you drop onto Rock Creek Parkway, the paved path along the parkway is narrow and congested. May want to turn up to Q St and drop back down into Georgetown. The later you go, the more crowded this stretch gets. Got a good 7.5 miles in.

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GT W
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One of the nicest areas of DC with lots of shopping and tourists. This isn't a hike as much as a slow walking tour. There are very few "sights" to see. The canal is usually dry, for instance, and most of what you see are houses and retail space.

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Caitlin Scanlon
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Walking

Don’t get me wrong, Georgetown is gorgeous and a great place to shop and eat. A little further out and it’s a quiet place full of beautiful old homes, hills, elegant embassies, etc. It’s a nice walk for sure - though I’m embarrassed to say I once just decided to wander around there for a while because I was bored and wanted to get out of the house and got pretty turned around... ended up at the edge of a wooded area on an empty road with no sidewalk that looked like the back of someone’s property. This was before Lyft took off. So keep an eye on your map because wealthy neighborhoods like Georgetown outside the shopping district, Foxhall, etc. usually aren’t catered to people who don’t live there (hence the irritating lack of transit). If you do, you’ll be treated to a very pleasant stroll, especially if you’re into the architecture of residential homes.

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Charles Dalton
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What a surprise at times you forget how close to DC you are. We started in Georgetown going up Rock Creek. we had the map downloaded and linked to GPS. It helps at times. very good trail.

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Ali Hamed Moosavian
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Some parts of the trail are closed and not clear how to take a detour. Also, dogs are unlawfully loose on the trail, so if you're afraid of them I don't recommend this trail.

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Steven T
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Don’t take your pup. The first part of the trail (clockwise) runs along Rock Creek Parkway. If you’re out for a long run, it’s worth it. If you’re out for a hike you should drop this section. This section is also a dangerous place to have a dog on a leash. The width of the path gets down to two people wide with the busy parkway right next to the trail at points - no one walks here, it’s 100% runners and bicyclists...add a dog on a leash and we’re asking for an accident that could end up with a someone in the road. For the last 5 years I’ve lived near, run down and commuted on this section...I’ve rarely seen people walking and I’ve never seen a dog on this section.

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Aimee Stoltz
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Walking

I’ve lived in DC for ten years and never knew about quite a bit of this loop. What a wonderful little adventure I had! I walked out my front door and up to the Calvert bridge to start the loop. There are a couple very urban spots where you transition from trail to trail but otherwise it’s naturesque and just lovely. If you know Rock Creek Parkway, a good portion is beside it so you will see and hear some cars, but the more idyllic portions outweigh this. Recommend if you don’t feel like driving out of town to get to a trailhead.

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Scott Densmore
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While I never completed this exact loop all at once, I walked/hiked/jogged/biked the different sections (Rock Creek Parkway south from the National Zoo, the C&O Canal, and the Georgetown University and Dumbarton Oaks areas) many times during my previous life in DC and Northern Virginia. I love Georgetown. It was a wonderful place to spend time both exploring and exercising!

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David Udwin
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Frank mendez
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Ellen Schwenk Medlock
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kate thomas
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Duncan Fitzgerald
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Jill Kleiner
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Ping Zhu
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Billy Kramer
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Andrew Rickles
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Hassan Mansour
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Jeff Dawson
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Hassan Mansour
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John S
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John S
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John S
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M C
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Jim Hake
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Amy Malessa
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L B
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