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

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10 days ago

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

hiking
22 days ago

This is a great hike right in the downtown DC area. You can combine it with the eastern side to make it a nice loop vice an out and back. Interesting bits of history at signs and markers along the way.

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

25 days ago

Love the hill at the end. Great hike! Beautiful walk by the creek.

Not well marked at all, with lots of smaller branching trails. Overall, a good trail but poorly marked.

hiking
1 month ago

My HQ for 30 years was pretty close to the Washington Monument... Glad i'm retired!

Nice urban hike. We went during a rainy day with heavy fog which created deep and wide puddles. The area around the walkways was really muddy. We were not wearing the right shoes for it. Nevertheless, beautiful views of the monuments. Easy walk.

hiking
2 months ago

Great scenery even in the winter.

hiking
2 months ago

Heh... it said “moderately trafficked.” I’d say more “extra heavily trafficked!” Good trail considering that it has many Monuments that the US takes pride in. Good that it’s free. Except for tickets to the top of the monument. Those are HARD to get.

Fairly busy on the tow path. At times shoulder to shoulder with someone. On the trails off of the tow path there is not a soul in sight. I would recommend the mining trail.

Great! Even in the snow!

hiking
3 months ago

Had a good hike, but was frustrated by the poorly marked trail system. Hiked north from the nature center on the western ridge trail, then returned on the valley trail. Many forks in trail with no indication ofwhich trail is which. Blazes and trail markers seemed sparse.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike for a decent workout with the pups. We added an extra mile by parking on Colorado which was awesome

road biking
3 months ago

Biking this trail is great. Very diverse scenery throughout the duration of the ride. A nice mix of elevation changes and flat stretches.

hiking
3 months ago

Great walk thru the mall.

on The National Mall

hiking
3 months ago

Great sites to see. A lot of history.

hiking
3 months ago

Great walk to all the monuments.

Amazing, peaceful, diverse

2/3 pavement ... some hills ... great company!

4 months ago

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

on The National Mall

hiking
5 months ago

a lot to see...

on Rock Creek Trails

hiking
5 months ago

I went there a few weeks ago, the trail to the north east was closed off. I took the a road along side but it is also technically closed off to public. FYI, you end up at a police station at the end of the road so I wouldnt recommend sneaking around, wait until the construction is done and the roads reopen.

Great views absolutely beautiful. Lots of traffic and touristy but worth it.

walking
5 months ago

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.

Beautiful day, and the trail is in great shape, though sometimes hard to follow. TRUST YOUR AllTrails app! I didn't the first time and it cost me. Took about 3 hours of walk time, most of that on the Virginia side. Be aware that parking at Roosevelt Island is limited to 2 hours, so you might want to pick a more time-appropriate spot to start. (I wasn't ticketed , however) Coming back I took the Key Bridge instead of the Roosevelt Bridge, which shaved a few miles off. The VA side is moderately challenging, the DC side is quite easy, and even has a new-looking and very clean restroom. :)

hiking
6 months ago

Information regarding open trails during beach dr construction would be highly valued.

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