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3 stars for the trail , +1 for the location. We hiked most of the north side of military road, it took around 3 hours
Some muddy areas and closures

closed due to shut down but a lot of still a great place to park and walk mount vernon trail.

Four of us hiked this trail today and thoroughly enjoyed it. The 'moderate' tag is accurate, with a few tougher climbs mixed in with flat and open trails. Mostly well blazed. First time there, stop in at the Nature Center and get a trail map. At mid-day on a Wednesday, we saw only two other hikers. Happy to have found this great park in D. C., will do it again.

hiking
1 month ago

Really nice hike, especially in the fall. Little bit of incline to get the blood pumping. The trail is marked by pink flagging on the trees. The flagging is few and far between, but it is present at the critical trail junctions. It was helpful to check out the trail guides from the park website (https://www.nps.gov/rocr/planyourvisit/upload/FINAL-Highlighted-Hikes-in-ROCR-2018.pdf
) Finding the trailhead was a bit tricky. Not too bad if starting at 7am.

Great walk. Enjoyed the bonsai garden. Free parking!

Absolutely beautiful fall hike. Easy, wide trails that run along the river for a good portion. Definitely recommend.

I hiked the outer loop counterclockwise yesterday, 11/7. It was very muddy at the start because of the recent rain but the rest of the trail wasn't bad. Overall it was a nice hike right in the city and I very much enjoyed it. Will got back and complete the little but the inner trail that I didn't get to.

I went after work on a weekday around 3pm and it was mostly empty save for some trail runners here and there. I mostly walked alone the entire time.

Roosevelt. Outdoors. Perfection near the city. Also saw a crew of corgis as we entered the island : ).

Great scenery that changes with the seasons. Great for seeing small rabbits and deers.

a nice trail out of the way of the city. very flat and a pretty simple, if ultimately peaceful walk. a little hard to get to without a car... walk about 10 minutes from the Rosslyn metro station

a lovely walk, enjoy lotuses but come early if during the summer: you need a morning sun to light up those flowers!

trail running
3 months ago

A trail oasis in the middle of the city.

I loved the trail for me and my pup . I would’ve never thought a trail this good existed here in the dmv ! Great work out

Great location to start/end a long run. Started here and then ran across Teddy Roosevelt bridge and into Georgetown. Came back and finished with another lap around Teddy Roosevelt island. This is one of my favorite monuments.

Enjoyed the hike but it wasn’t always well marked.

It’s a lovely trail, very easy and close to dc. Excellent for weekend mornings, but get there early because parking is limited.

Great way to leave the city for a few moments. Great tribute to Teddy.

always there to provide awesome suggestions on almost everything I want to do trailwise.
love it

Great hike, but it is more moderate than easy. The trail was also had to follow since it was comprised of a couple of other trails.

has some nice swamp areas and birding but the traffic noise is a bit of a distraction

Easy, pretty hike. Good for a leisure stroll

This is my favorite place in the world! Of course lotus season is stunning, but the vast differences in the park each season are truly spectacular. The fall leaves across the boardwalk, the spring greenery, the late summer blossoms and the snowy paths are all worth a visit. This is definitely more of a walk than a hike, so don’t be fooled by that. Bring the whole family, take a stroll and bring a picnic! If you’re quiet, you can spot deer, frogs, fish, turtles, and heron!

Nice oasis in the city with actual trails to run. Wasn’t too busy for a weekday evening.

It's been a while since I've visited Rock Creek and was pleased to see more trail markers than I remember. We stopped in at the visitor center to get some info on the trails and construction. Between the map they gave us and all trails we were able to find our way.

Really great and less frequently traveled trail. Going over the bridge gives you a great view of the Potomac and there is a statute of Teddy Roosevelt on the island. Very easy hike, gets muddy after rain however. You can go swimming at certain points but take caution; it's swim at your own risk.

Good urban escape

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

great place..

I thought this place was cool! Some people were playing in the fountains that weren’t running... so that was freaking weird- but overall a really good place to take my dog on a walk and let her swim a bit. Super easy place to walk around. Probably one of the lesser known places to go in the area, there’s a huge statue of Teddy Roosevelt people liked to take pictures with. I’ll definitely head back soon.

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