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Best trails in District of Columbia

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Trying to find the best District of Columbia trails? AllTrails has 44 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 around Washington, we've got you covered. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 37 easy trails in District of Columbia 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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Map of trails in District of Columbia
Top trails (44)
#1 - Theodore Roosevelt Island Outer Loop
Theodore Roosevelt Island Park
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 40 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 RShow 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
Western Ridge Trail, Rock Creek, Valley Trail is a 5.2 mile loop trail located near Washington, District of Columbia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers aShow more
#3 - Boulder Bridge Loop
Rock Creek Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 26 m
Boulder Bridge Loop is a 3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Washington, District of Columbia that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hikiShow more
#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 impoShow more
#5 - Rock Creek Valley Trail
Rock Creek Park
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Length: 10.8 mi • Est. 5 h 1 m
Rock Creek Valley Trail is a 10.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Washington, District of Columbia that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used fShow more
#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 WaShow more
#7 - 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 inShow more
#8 - National Arboretum: West Side
National Arboretum
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 13 m
As of June 2020 (due to COVID 19), the park is now open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 1pm - 5pm. Please note certain portions of the route may be closed due to bald eagle nesting.Show more
#9 - Western Ridge Trail
Rock Creek Park
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Length: 8.9 mi • Est. 4 h 20 m
Western Ridge Trail is a 8.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Washington, District of Columbia that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activShow more
#10 - Potomac Heritage Trail and C&O Canal Towpath - Key Chain Loop
Washington, District of Columbia
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Length: 8.6 mi • Est. 3 h 36 m
Some begin the loop by hiking North from the parking lot and crossing the Key Bridge. Many head south first, follow the ramp up and across the Roosevelt Bridge, walk behind the Kennedy Center, and pasShow more
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