Explore the most popular walking 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.

2 days ago

Today we hiked this trail and we thoroughly enjoyed it! Hats off to the NPS for having fully stocked the trail map holder located by the door of the Rock Creek Nature Center (RCNC) - despite the RCNC remaining closed due to the ongoing government shutdown

Parking is plentiful and the trailhead is perhaps 40-50’ directly in front of the RCNC doorway. (This trailhead will take you in a counter-clockwise direction w/ the trail finishing adjacent to the horse stable and then up through the parking area.). My iPhone’s GPS was needed to ensure proper trail tracking and the trail was overly muddy in certain places - to be expected at this time of year. Very slight trail deviations were therefore desired and easily done. Some of the trail is shared w/ equestrian riders and today there were several runners w/ only a few other hikers (some w/ leashed dogs) sharing this trail. Beautiful trail!

3 stars for the trail , +1 for the location. We hiked most of the north side of military road, it took around 3 hours
Some muddy areas and closures

closed due to shut down but a lot of still a great place to park and walk mount vernon trail.

Did this trail the other day and it was fun. Very cool, a stream valley trail type hike. I followed the recommendation of another review to do the trail backwards, I agree with this because the mid to end of the trail you end up in the city and it's nice to get lunch there. Just make sure you are walking on the west side of the 66 (walking with traffic) to get back otherwise you will end up stranded and having to loop back if you walk against the traffic going East. This adds on another 2 miles or so lol. But it was so fun and you get to scramble a bit and see multiple waterfalls. Be careful because you dont see blue marks for a while around the time you end up seriously rock scrambling before hitting the final waterfall (assuming you do the trail in reverse, otherwise this will be your first waterfall. Oh and you might get a little wet, just a little though.

On a Christmas eve when pretty much everything is closed and as it’s getting dark I have decided to do this hike. It was beautiful to watch all these Memorials and Monuments exploring by foot. The weather was a bit chilly though. National Christmas Tree is a bonus today. It was closed because of the shutdown but they have to open it today. Definitely recommended hike.

Great for kids!

Definitely not a fan. Parts that are very pretty but most of the water crossings don’t have fridges and are a little too deep for smaller dogs. You definitely need waterproof boots for this one.

Four of us hiked this trail today and thoroughly enjoyed it. The 'moderate' tag is accurate, with a few tougher climbs mixed in with flat and open trails. Mostly well blazed. First time there, stop in at the Nature Center and get a trail map. At mid-day on a Wednesday, we saw only two other hikers. Happy to have found this great park in D. C., will do it again.

Not really much historical stuff to see on the hike, but a nice walk. Trail guide was helpful from park website (https://www.nps.gov/rocr/planyourvisit/upload/FINAL-Highlighted-Hikes-in-ROCR-2018.pdf

1 month ago

Really nice hike, especially in the fall. Little bit of incline to get the blood pumping. The trail is marked by pink flagging on the trees. The flagging is few and far between, but it is present at the critical trail junctions. It was helpful to check out the trail guides from the park website (https://www.nps.gov/rocr/planyourvisit/upload/FINAL-Highlighted-Hikes-in-ROCR-2018.pdf
) Finding the trailhead was a bit tricky. Not too bad if starting at 7am.

Great walk. Enjoyed the bonsai garden. Free parking!

Absolutely beautiful fall hike. Easy, wide trails that run along the river for a good portion. Definitely recommend.

I hiked the outer loop counterclockwise yesterday, 11/7. It was very muddy at the start because of the recent rain but the rest of the trail wasn't bad. Overall it was a nice hike right in the city and I very much enjoyed it. Will got back and complete the little but the inner trail that I didn't get to.

I went after work on a weekday around 3pm and it was mostly empty save for some trail runners here and there. I mostly walked alone the entire time.

Roosevelt. Outdoors. Perfection near the city. Also saw a crew of corgis as we entered the island : ).

Great scenery that changes with the seasons. Great for seeing small rabbits and deers.

Really not much to say except that it's Washington DC. More of a route to follow rather than an actual trail. Takes you by many of the major sites, monuments, and museums. Must do for anyone wanting a course to follow near and around the major sites that DC offers.

3 months ago

Great little hour hike with the dog. Had quite a bit or rain earlier in the week, so the trails were damp but not slippery, but the river was high. Mid-morning on a Friday and we had the trails to ourselves.

a nice trail out of the way of the city. very flat and a pretty simple, if ultimately peaceful walk. a little hard to get to without a car... walk about 10 minutes from the Rosslyn metro station

a lovely walk, enjoy lotuses but come early if during the summer: you need a morning sun to light up those flowers!

trail running
3 months ago

A trail oasis in the middle of the city.

Love walking my dog here! Nice view of the creek.

I loved the trail for me and my pup . I would’ve never thought a trail this good existed here in the dmv ! Great work out

9-22-2018 Beautiful day for a hike. The four of us started out in the parking lot on Canal street(the down the ramp) We crossed the little foot bridge by the bathroom and took a left onto the upper gravel trail deciding the lower paved trail is for road bikes. following this trail for about 3.5 miles we wound up in Georgetown Waterfront Park. We continued along the water front (which was our first mistake) we should have stayed up, so when we got to the bridge we were standing Under it, so had to figure out how to get UP to bridge. When we got to top, we walked across only to figure out we were on the wrong side, so had to do U turn back under and across the parkway. Back on the trail we walked another 7.5 miles along the Potomac through the weeds and over some pretty good rock scrambles. Thank goodness the river wasn't any higher or not sure what we would have done. As is was we had to get wet crossing in a few places. All of our devices said total miles were closer to 11.

Great walking trip. Coming from someone who does zero exercise usually, it’s a very easy and enjoyable hike. In total it took myself and my parents roughly 5 hours to see everything (including loo breaks and refreshments) over a course of 7 Miles. There was flooding around the Tidal Basin sidewalks so we had to detour slightly further out. But the views are simply stunning. However it was a very humid hot day which did take its toll!

Great location to start/end a long run. Started here and then ran across Teddy Roosevelt bridge and into Georgetown. Came back and finished with another lap around Teddy Roosevelt island. This is one of my favorite monuments.

Enjoyed the hike but it wasn’t always well marked.

4 months ago

Poorly marked

Great little trail — trail switches back between paved surface and dirt a few times — was a little hard to follow paired with road crossings & less than ideal markings. However, it’s a great series of trails right in DC with good views of the park and creek!

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