Tidal Basin and Hains Point

EASY 38 reviews
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Tidal Basin and Hains Point is a 5.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Washington, District of Columbia that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.3 miles Elevation Gain: 29 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

snowshoeing

walking

running

lake

river

walking
closed
off trail
23 hours ago

hiking
washed out
6 months ago

Decent walk circling Haines Point. The sea wall is damaged and closed in several spots but otherwise the scenery is nice.

running
10 months ago

Quiet and beautiful.

hiking
10 months ago

Blossoms are out. Lots of people

hiking
Fri Jan 25 2019

Easy nice walk around the National Monuments but East Potomac Park is a mess. The sidewalks are covered in mud and underwater. The parts of the sidewalk that are visible have dangerous holes in them and you can can see the river underneath.

walking
Wed Aug 22 2018

The Tidal Basin area now is my new favorite destination in Washington D.C. The view especially for the cherry blossom festival is absolutely incredible. We did the whole loop around the Tidal Basin before walking down to Hains Point so it was a long day but memorable. I especially like the view from the Jefferson Memorial.

Sun Jul 08 2018

hiking
Tue May 22 2018

It's most beautiful when the cherry blossoms are out, but the crowds are intense.

walking
Sun Apr 08 2018

Easy walk through the cherry blossoms and fishermen trying for catfish.

hiking
Sun Apr 01 2018

Great hike this time of year. When I do this hike again, I will try to hike it when there are fewer people.

walking
Tue Jan 02 2018

Wed Nov 29 2017

Not a nice marked trail path. Found myself constantly walking on grass/uneven pavement and sometimes losing what “may be” the trail. Scenery was beautiful though

Thu Sep 07 2017

Definitely recommend going during the Cherry Blossom festival.. beautiful!

walking
Mon Jul 10 2017

The trail is great for walking or running. I've done this journey twice; once at night and once in the middle of a weekend day during the Cherry Blossom Festival. While the cherry blossoms are beautiful, the crowds are overwhelming. Our night walk of the tidal basin was very peaceful, and we only encountered a couple of people at each of the monuments/memorials. I wouldn't do the night time walk alone, however. This walk is one of my favorite things to do in DC, and is a great way to see some of the coolest spots in our nation's capital.

road biking
Thu Jul 06 2017

wonderful ride...a few pot holes, but it's DC:)

hiking
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road biking
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running
Tue Feb 05 2019

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