Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Alexandria with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

road biking
14 days ago

First bit of advice: BE CAREFUL! This is a nice trail, but if you use the section that’s closer to George Washington’s home, there are a lot of narrow, steep, and blind curves.

My first outing on it was eventful, to say the least...I was coming around a narrow and steep curve on my bike, and caught my tire on something. Wiped out, hit my head, and wound up with 6 staples (yes, even while wearing a helmet). Apparently, crashes are pretty common on the trail, especially in the area where I was (per another cyclist who frequents it).

It was pretty crowded on our way back to the car (I crashed with only a few miles left on the ride), but when we got on it at opening (6am), it was pretty clear. Early in the morning is best when it’s nice out. Otherwise, it seems like can get pretty dicey when having to deal with steep, blind curves and crowds.

I will say that if you do have an issue, the other cyclists on the trail are very nice and are willing to help. My husband was about 1/2 a mile behind me when I crashed and before he got to me, three cyclists had already stopped and were waiting with me. One went on his way after my husband caught up after making sure I could walk. The other two stayed with me while my husband rode the rest of the trail back to the car to come and get me. I am thankful for such caring people.

All in all, this trail is worth a go. It is nice and the people on the trail are great. But again, whether you’re a cyclist, runner etc...be very careful.



Very easy, but unique trail you could walk in flip flops. I highly recommend you bring plenty of bug spray as the mosquitoes were out in force!

Scenic, beautiful and rain friendly. Also, love how there are bathroom stops along the way.

As of 6-2-2018. Gate and sign says park is permanently closed.

As of May 31, 2018. This map is incorrect. The trail is closed a mile in. An extremely easy walk though.

road biking
1 month ago

I like this trail because there’s a lot to see & do. We started at Jones Point Park. I could’ve hung out there all day. The bridge has pit stops where you can take pics overlooking the river. The National Harbor has a ton of restaurants, shops, & cool things to do. Great trail if you like to get off your bike & hang out in cool neighborhoods.

I like to do this trail a couple of times a year. I mean it’s along a major interstate, so expectations should be low. I use this trail to go into National Harbor, walk around, grab some food and drinks, and walk back. Bike and ped friendly.

Good for running and biking

road biking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Nice quiet trail with easy walking along blacktop path between Chambliss and Lake Barcroft dam. Five steam crossings with elevated walking stones which are easy to use unless it’s within a day after significant rain in which case stones are underwater. If it’s summer and no recent rain this Stormwater stream runs quite slow. Lots of local birds, wildflowers and ducks. Very peaceful. Trail no longer closed.

So beautiful but very busy. Look out for bikers. They will run you over.

Pretty tame trail, distance and views are cut in half if you want to jog/run or if you bring dogs, it’s not allowed on much of the trail, but still a beautiful scenic trail, a nice get away from everything hectic around it

Currently closed. Doesn’t say why.

7 months ago

Beautiful, easy walk. Good for spotting egrets and herons.

trail running
9 months ago

Great trail run! As of 3 Oct 17, the trail was closed about 2.5 miles in. I had to take a significant detour to get back on path.

road biking
9 months ago

Great trail. Well maintained. Beautiful scenery.

A quaint wooded area located in the back of a subdivision. The main trail is lined with rocks but there are many hidden trails that go deeper into the park towards the waterfalls. Spent about 45 mins there. About 5 parking spots located at the entrance beyond the gate. Enjoy.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Great local trail with two vibes divided by Beauregard St. The trail SE of Beauregard goes toward Old Town Alexandria with an urban and suburban feel, including the ability to stop at restaurants or shops, whereas the trail NW of Beauregard goes through the forest toward Lake Barcroft and then Falls Church. Trail is along Holmes Run which can be a gentle, meandering creek or a heavier storm water flow. This trail changes with the seasons offering year round beauty.

Best little hideaway. Easy family friendly hike! Came here for a quick weekend hike. Love!

trail running
Friday, June 16, 2017

Sucks. The map is incorrect and the trail is blocked at Beauregard.

Such a beautiful, peaceful hike. Easy walk in and out; breathtaking views of birds, beaver. A mood-lifter, for sure.

Short trail. Very pretty; definitely a pleasant getaway adjacent to Rte 395. Park closes at 4, and during the summer there is a day camp going on, which can be disoncerting.

It's a very easy trail with a variety of informal trails. When it rains some trails can get flooded, which can limit access and shorten a hike.

Nice easy walk, lots of wildlife. Very shady and soft trail.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Best trail in VA

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Beautiful boardwalk through a marsh. Lots of opportunity to spot wildlife - herons, turtles, deer. Lots of beaver dams but didn't see any beavers. It's pretty and tranquil yet not too far out of the way.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

This trail sucks if you wanna walk on a paved path next to a sewer runoff in the middle of a neighborhood then this is your trail. Trail is also closed by 395.

mountain biking
Thursday, January 12, 2017

I might have enjoyed the ride except that it was freezing. We turned around, vowing to ride the length in warmer weather.

mountain biking
Thursday, January 12, 2017

The beauty of the trail amazed me. Especially since it was winter. It was cold so we only rode about half.

Nice respite from the surrounding suburbs. Kids were quickly entranced and invested. We saw several deer at very close proximity. Overall, a pleasant short walk in nature that young kids should enjoy.

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