Explore the most popular Nature Trips 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.

Ran inner & outer loops. Partial dirt and wooden trails, good on the knees.

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

road biking
off trail
19 days ago

ParkRun 5K this morning

hiking
over grown
20 days ago

There is broken glass everywhere on Heritage Island. The path disappears halfway around.

Late summer hike

The trail has some high and low points. It was not easy to follow. We started by crossing the Francis Scott Key Bridge and walking the north part of the loop on the towpath, Not sure if there was a different path we were supposed to be on, but this seemed right. Very flat and paved, lots of bikes. We crossed the Chain Bridge, which was not at all marked on the towpath but we found a small path to get us there. From that point we were on more of a trail with lots of fun rock scrambles. However, again it was not well marked and we lost our way a couple times. This side it is very poorly maintained and overgrown. We even had to walk along the GW Parkway for a little bit, very strange. At the end there was a sign the path was closed, but never saw a sign indicating that from the other direction. Was and adventure, of sorts. I will not be doing this one again.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice and easy trail, very poorly marked though.

Sat morning free Park Run. Come and join us

ParkRun 5K. Big group running this weekend

mountain biking
blowdown
1 month ago

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.

Great trail. At times a touch hard to follow maps and definitely more moderate than easy in places. Will add this to the regular rotation. Loved it!

Haven’t been out here in over ten years, still an awesome spot to enjoy the outdoors. Plenty of history, wildlife and trees. I saw lots of paw paw trees some fruiting should be ready to pick around October. While I was out there a thunderstorm swept through the area and turned most of the trail into streams, I had an umbrella and still had a great time.

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.)

road biking
2 months ago

Great trail, especially for biking and running.

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

hiking
over grown
3 months ago

Urban, overgrown weeds along polluted dried up canal.

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.

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