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Best trails in Washington

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Looking for a great trail near Washington, District of Columbia? AllTrails has 48 great trail running trails, hiking trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Seneca Creek State Park or Rosaryville State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Sugarloaf Mountain Natural Area or Great Falls Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 41 easy trails in Washington ranging from 1 to 14.1 miles and from 6 to 344 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Theodore Roosevelt Island
Theodore Roosevelt Island Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 42 m
Wooded trail and boardwalk over swamp, tribute to our 26th President. The Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Association purchased this 88.5-acre island in 1932 and dedicated it to the public in memory of Roosevelt. Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr., a leading landscape architect, worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps to bring a neglected island into a mature woodland sanctuary. Architect Eric Gugler designed the memorial and Sculptor Paul Manship created the central statue. The dedication ceremony took place in October 1967. The island has a diverse history. Evidence shows that Native Americans used the island as a seasonal fishing village. The site was named "My Lord's Island," when King Charles granted it to Lord Baltimore. Today, the National Park Service protects the island, while providing for public enjoyment. While you are here, savor the sounds of the outdoors as you travel through marsh, swamp, and forest.Show more
#2 - Western Ridge Trail, Rock Creek, Valley Trail
Rock Creek Park
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 35 m
#3 - Boulder Bridge Loop
Rock Creek Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 26 m
#4 - Walking Tour of Monuments and Memorials
West Potomac Park
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 2 h 19 m
A scenic walk from the White House, along the National Mall, around the Tidal Basin to the Capitol This is a great way to see all of the Monuments and Memorials of Washington DC, each unique and important in its own way. The walk starts at the White House and continues through the National Mall, along the Reflecting Pool, around the Tidal Basin, and eventually ends at the US Capitol Building and Supreme Court. This tour will take you through many significant eras in the history of the United States, including the Revolutionary War, Vietnam War, Korean War, World War II, past several memories to inspiring presidents such as Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Jefferson, and past all three branches of government. On top of that, it is a scenic walk and quite relaxing depending on the time of year and the weather. After completing this walk, you will have seen most of the tourist destinations in Washington DC (other than the museums that surround the National Mall). Accessibility: There is designated, accessible parking at the Lincoln Memorial on the east side of the circle roadway, in the parking lot off Constitution Avenue on the Washington Monument grounds, and on Madison and Jefferson Drives near the entrance to the Smithsonian. The trail surface is paved, smooth, and typically at least six feet wide. It is mostly flat with an average grade of 2% and a max grade of 6%. Most manual wheelchair and stroller users will find this trail navigable. There are wheelchair accessible restrooms at Constitution Gardens and the Jefferson Memorial (plus tactile placards) but the restrooms in the Ellipse and in Lafayette Park are not accessible. There are accessible drinking fountains near the Sylvan Theatre, in Constitution Gardens by the lake, and on the south side of the pool at the Forklife Festival site.Show more
#5 - Rock Creek Valley Trail
Rock Creek Park
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Length: 10.8 mi • Est. 5 h 1 m
#6 - The National Mall
Washinton Monument Memorial
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 5 m
Highlights for families along the National Mall Put on your walking shoes and get ready to explore the National Mall. This is a quick, one-day itinerary for families who have just a little time in Washington, D.C., and want to get the most out of their trip. The tour includes plenty to keep children occupied, with a few historical and political tidbits in between. It is meant to span morning until lunch, but depending on your child's interest in some of the attractions it could take even longer. All attractions are absolutely free. This guide can be coupled with a second itinerary as well.Show more
#7 - National Arboretum: West Side
National Arboretum
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 13 m
Please note certain portions of the route may be closed due to bald eagle nesting.Show more
#8 - Anacostia Riverwalk Trail
Anacostia Park
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 3 h 13 m
Come walk, jog, bike, or take the dog for a stroll on this beautiful paved trail in Anacostia. This route connects to many other paved trails in the area if you wish to extend your trip.Show more
#9 - Western Ridge Trail
Rock Creek Park
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Length: 8.9 mi • Est. 4 h 20 m
#10 - D.C. Walk Through U.S. History
The National Mall Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 1 h 44 m
The city is more varied than guidebooks let on, and a whole lot more fun-especially if, like most residents, you have a clear-cut agenda. Travel + Leisure has taken the liberty of dividing families into four special interest groups-political animals, diplomats and spies, history geeks, and artists and aesthetes-and mapped out lots of activities for each. You can even eat and sleep staying true to character. So skip the forced march, the civics-teacher gulag. Take your cue from your family's temperament, then take on the town-your way. Washington-site of two presidential assassinations and 217 years of congressional machinations-is your paradise. Your big challenge: resisting the urge to read every sign and see every exhibit.Show more
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