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.

Good for a day's workout. Trail has good tree cover and stays cooler.

This trail is really pretty, half of it is along the river. The only thing is that because of construction, you are unable to see the bridge (the best part of the hike).

on Boulder Bridge Loop

hiking
1 month ago

Unexpected trail in the middle of the nations capital. Will definitely get a good workout in with the hills and dodging of the horse dung located throughout the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome!! Went with the kids and had tons of fun. Beautiful trail!

3 months ago

hiking
3 months 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.

3 months 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
5 months ago

Great scenery even in the winter.

hiking
5 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
5 months ago

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

on Rock Creek Trails

hiking
8 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.

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

Really a nice park, though it would be helpful to have more information posted about what trails are closed due to the Beach Drive construction. It resulted in a bit of backtracking because routes were closed off.

hiking
9 months ago

Really nice, shady trail with a long stretch along the creek, including lots of spots to go right down to it. Some elevation changes. Watch out for the horse poo though! It is well traveled by the horses. Great with kids.

hiking
9 months ago

This is my favorite spot to go for a hike in the city. It's beautiful, the trails are well marked, and during the week you won't see many people. There are more people on the weekend, but due to the size of Rock Creel Park, I never felt it was too many people.

hiking
10 months ago

nice trail

hiking
10 months ago

nice trail that requires sightly now attention than most

hiking
10 months ago

Borderline moderate/difficult.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice relaxing trail to walk on.

hiking
11 months ago

As with the entire rock Creek system, trails or poorly and infrequently marked.

hiking
11 months ago

Fun trail, poorly labelled. We had a great lunch sitting on the rocks by the rapids about a third of the way through (we started from the south). Be sure to check out Pulpit Rock and the views from there! We started on this trail and then walked down Western Ridge at the north point (for about 9mi total).

hiking
11 months ago

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

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Beautiful trail, but poorly marked trails/trail maps.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

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

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Pretty, shady trail. Not too busy at 8 on Sunday morning. There wasn't much signage so we ended up hiking a couple other trails as well.

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

safe but not challenging at all .
view is okay.

trail running
Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Good for trail running and an escape from DC!

trail running
Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Rock Creek trails offer a great escape from the city! They're easy to run on and well maintained.

backpacking
Friday, March 03, 2017

Great Trail

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