Explore the most popular birding 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.

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

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!

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.

road biking
2 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.

Amazing, peaceful, diverse

4 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. :)

6 months ago

nice trail

trail running
6 months ago

well marked, paved trail with some nice views of D.C. Plenty of options along the trail for detours (e.g. Four Mile Run). Good for running/biking/walkers. Minor elevation changes make this a good trail for beginners. Use regular trainers/sneakers on this route.

Nice running trail from Rosslyn

Nice and flat trail walk. I took my dog. The marsh is pretty

Beautiful Island and memorial

Nice moderate trail, but very poorly marked. We met several other hikers on our way and no one knew where they were going.

trail running
8 months ago

Nice trail with a fair amount of shade which helps on a summer day when it hits 90!

road biking
8 months ago

great ride with the family

Great scenic view. Water and open woods. Paths are pretty wide. Folks were really friendly.

Nice trail with a few technical spots. The weeds were starting to grow around the single track portion of the trail but the trail itself was packed and runnable. Few rocks but no hand over foot. Great little scenic trail near the city. Ran it before work.

Nice walking trail. very easy hike with lots of greenery and a couple of chances to get some good views of Georgetown and DC. A quieter area (when DCA airport doesn't have arrivals coming in over the island) in the midst of Arlington and DC.

trail running
10 months ago

Good for trail running and an escape from DC!

11 months ago

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.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Absolutely one of my favorite spots in DC! The Arboretum is beautiful year round and the East Side trail covers some of the best sections - the columns, Fern Valley, Asian Collections, and Conifer Collections.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Very easy and peaceful walking paths. The lilies and lotuses in the summer are worth the trip and there are some nice bird watching spots along the water.

Great little escape from the city on the outskirts of Georgetown and Rosslyn. If you're looking for a quick loop, this is a local go-to. Great for beginners or family hikes!

Really nice walk in DC.

trail running
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Good for kids and adults, river view. Limited parking.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Pretty island and good place to escape the city. Expect to see people the whole time.

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