The Best Outdoor Activities in District of Columbia

Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.

Hike Through Rock Creek Park

District of Columbia / Western Ridge Trail

This is primarily a dirt trail, which is pretty rare and fantastic for hiking and trail-running. Depending on where you exactly start, it's roughly 4.

Hike the Soapstone Valley Trail

District of Columbia / Soapstone Valley Trail

This is an out-and-back trail that starts and ends on different roads, but you will have better luck parking on Albemarle Street NW (where I have indicated the trailhead is on the map).

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Hike the C&O Canal Towpath: Carderock to Great Falls

District of Columbia / C&O Canal Tow Path

Park on the road adjacent to the canal as indicated on the map (see below). This is a popular trail which is dog friendly and accessible year-round.