Explore the most popular River 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.

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
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.

hiking
over grown
20 days ago

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

My dog Marty and I loves the scenery, had a great time taking photos. Many great teaching moments for Marty

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.

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

hiking
1 month ago

Did this with the family. It was busy, as is to be expected. It was cloudy and there was a cooling breeze. Got off course a couple of times to check things out and play the tourist.

hiking
washed out
1 month ago

Decent walk circling Haines Point. The sea wall is damaged and closed in several spots but otherwise the scenery is nice.

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.

ParkRun 5K. Big group running this weekend

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

It was in the 90’s throughout the walk, but very enjoyable with a nice breeze and great scenery. Fun walk!

Easy trail, went last day of June and the giant lotus plants were already blooming. Several people with easels painting in the gardens.

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.

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.

hiking
2 months ago

road biking
2 months ago

Great trail, especially for biking and running.

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