Looking for a great trail near Washington, District of Columbia? AllTrails has 36 great hiking trails, trail running 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 in Theodore Roosevelt Island Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like West Potomac Park or Stony Creek Metropolitan Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 27 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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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.

hiking
off trail
16 days ago

road biking
off trail
17 days ago

ParkRun 5K this morning

hiking
17 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
18 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

Late summer hike

hiking
23 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
23 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.

Trails not marked so confusing when not on streets

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

mountain biking
blowdown
1 month ago

Great trail, nature center is awesome.

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