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LO R. on Natoinal Arboretum: East Side
Great place to go for a run, ride your bike or walk. It's open almost every day of the year save for a few holidays. Pros: not many people go during late fall/winter so you'll have place to yourself during certain months. Zig zag trails hidden away almost feel like you're not in the middle of a city, picturesque and a great place to take photos.
Cons:.l In the summer it's extremely crowded! Only open between 8am-5pm (* my biggest gripe since I like early morning or late afternoon runs), limited parking, security y sometimes closes back gate that leads to river earlier than that posted 4:30pm. I've been locked in twice!!! No joke! Luckily I had a cell on me both times and was able to call security and get them to come get me out.
Great walk! Can easily park near Rosalyn. Bathrooms and water fountain on the trail. Boardwalk, nice trail off shoots and gravel that is well manicured. No camping on the island and no bicycles. Overall, Great Walk! Will definitely go again.