Best trails in Bethesda

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Looking for a great trail near Bethesda, Maryland? AllTrails has 6 great running trails, wildlife trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Patapsco Valley State Park or Seneca Creek State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Sugarloaf Mountain Natural Area or Great Falls Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 5 easy trails in Bethesda ranging from 6.4 to 14.6 miles and from 91 to 396 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Bethesda
Top trails (6)
#1 - C&O Canal Towpath: Carderock to Great Falls
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 2 h 38 m
C&O Canal Towpath: Carderock to Great Falls is a 6.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bethesda, Maryland that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a nShow more
#2 - Capital Crescent Trail
Bethesda, Maryland
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Length: 14 mi • Est. 5 h 54 m
Capital Crescent Trail is a 14 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bethesda, Maryland that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a numbShow more
#3 - Cabin John Trail Stream Valley Loop
Cabin John Regional Park
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Length: 14.6 mi • Est. 6 h 33 m
Cabin John Trail Stream Valley Loop is a 14.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bethesda, Maryland that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The tShow more
#4 - Potomac Heritage Trail
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
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Length: 11.6 mi • Est. 5 h 23 m
Potomac Heritage Trail is a 11.6 mile out and back trail located near Bethesda, Maryland that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and birding and Show more
#5 - Bethesda Trolley Trail
Bethesda, Maryland
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 2 h 58 m
Bethesda Trolley Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bethesda, Maryland that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used forShow more
#6 - Georgetown Branch Trail [CLOSED]
Rock Creek Regional Park
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 2 h 44 m
This trail is currently closed for reconstruction. This is a nice trail. It's not secluded, and houses are always within earshot on the other side of the trees. The path is well-used by walkers and Show more