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

Trails can be hard to locate. I missed crossing the bridge to do full hike.

Very pretty, relaxing, easy walk. But very busy. Walkers, bikers, dogs, families.

hiking
19 days ago

Great, easy trail. We took our dog who loved it. Plenty of side trails and different ways to mix it up too.

Late summer hike

hiking
25 days ago

A very pleasant loop that doesn't feel at all urban. On the weekend the adjacent Beech Drive has no cars, so all you hear is the creek and birds calling. It's easy to modify the loop. On a pretty day, I came out of the valley using the nearby Soapstone Valley Trail, which was pretty and ends near the Van Ness-UDC Metro stop.

hiking
25 days ago

Great loop trail right in DC. Good with dogs. Decent amount of elevation change. Close to the road, but otherwise great overall.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice and easy trail, very poorly marked though.

road biking
1 month ago

After all the great reviews, I was disappointed in this one for road biking. This trail is in lackluster and rough condition. There are numerous areas where tree roots have buckled the asphalt, and there is one deep depression that would wreak havoc on a road bike tire. I would recommend at least 32 mm wide tires. That puts you in hybrid territory, and one could make the argument a mountain bike would be even better. The trail is one-bike wide in several spots, and there are a few tunnels, bridges and other segments for which one needs to dismount to navigate safely. This is especially true since the trail was heavily trafficked on this Saturday. Compared to trails farther outside the city, pedestrians walk two or three wide here, and some seem to hesitate--or simply refuse--to yield. FYI, parking at the trailhead is about $2.50/hr.--if you can find a space. I guess this is a nice escape for some who live in the city, but it's not worth the trip from elsewhere.

Great trail, nature center is awesome.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun trail. Fairly easy to follow...we also had a very detailed blog post. We clocked 3.5 mile one way though so not sure if we got lost somewhere. The one way from boundary to pierce mill was about 1hr 45min.

hiking
2 months ago

Map , markings and the app could be better especially at times it gets confusing with trail path. But that being said we loved the trail and we hiked with our dog. Trail features includes lot of Creek / water spots , good for dog or kids , dog friendly & family friendly trail. It has lot of natural shadow / trees and less stressful that way on a hot summer day.

hiking
2 months ago

What a surprise at times you forget how close to DC you are. We started in Georgetown going up Rock Creek. we had the map downloaded and linked to GPS. It helps at times. very good trail.

Too much of the trail is near roads. I don't like hearing honking horns while hiking. Still a decent option though if you aren't able to travel far from DC. (Also watch your step cause there's LOTS of horse poop on the trails.)

good.ride

Lots of dogs off leash. Be prepared for that and make sure yours can handle that

hiking
3 months ago

A beautiful but all too brief trail

nice little hike. good variety in terrain and flora. GPS recording is prob off.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. Started at and parked at the wrong spot, but we figured it out. We had 3 dogs with us. They really enjoyed it. The one negative - the horse poop. It was out of control. If I have to pick up after my puppies, why don’t horse riders have to pick up after their horses?

Really nice trail if you’re looking for a nice 5K+. The main road, not the trails, is closed in places and bridges blocked but they are easy to slip around so you can stay on the route. Don’t start at the suggested trail head. Start off the trail head at 16th and Holly, NW.

hiking
bridge out
closed
muddy
off trail
3 months ago

Fun hike, but very poor signage. Much of the trail is closed and the park does a terrible job of letting you know.

hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Gorgeous, varied route provided by On Foot Holidays! Not all this long because we visited a castle.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Gave it a 4, because this particular trail recording goes alongside the road, whereas, if you didn’t cross the bridge about a mile in, you could avoid it. However, I was limited on time, so this shorter trail worked for me! Also, this recording has you cross a cars only bridge, so I walked across the boulders that makeup the bridge (not the safest option.) There’s a longer trail on the other side of the road, where you can avoid crossing that bridge though, as it is a cool site to see! I would definitely do this trail again, but I would give myself more time, so I didn’t have to walk along the road.

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