Top Adventures in Washington

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

    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. Photos: Chris DiGiamo, Christopher Eliot, Fritz Flohr Reynolds

    6.28 miles 141 ft gain

  • Visit the National Mall in Washington D.C.

    Everyone has so many things on their plates these days that take all their time up. It is hard to get away for adventures or to experience new things. The National Mall in Washington D.C. is within an hour from millions of people on the East Coast...

    7 miles

  • Photograph Sunrise at the Lincoln Memorial

    Located on the far-west portion of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. stands the Lincoln Memorial. At almost 100 feet tall, this majestic structure overlooks the reflecting pool and offers an iconic view of the Washington Monument.  Parking is ...

  • Hike the Potomac Heritage Trail to Chain Bridge

    Hike the Potomac Heritage Trail through forest, hill and valley landscapes, as you follow along the river, itself. Starting at Roosevelt Island, you can hike as far as 8.4 miles roundtrip to Chain Bridge, with great views along the way.Make sure t...

    8.4 miles 300 ft gain

  • Hike Theodore Roosevelt Island

    It seems only fitting that the president who gave us our national parks would have one all to his own.  Located on the edge of Washington D.C., Theodore Roosevelt Island offers a glimpse of what the city may have looked like before the politicians...

    2 miles

  • Hike Through Rock Creek Park

    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 4.5 miles, so it's a pretty moderate hike/ run or almost 10miles if you do the out and back. There ...

    9 miles 450 ft gain

  • Hike the 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). This is a long street with plenty of street parking, just pay...

    2 miles

  • Visit Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

    The Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens are a unique spot in Washington, D.C. The grounds are full of ponds, boardwalks, and a trail that connects you to the Anacostia River Trail. The main draw of this park are the ponds full of lotus flowers. During the ...

    1.5 miles

  • Hike at Turkey Run Park, McLean

    Turkey Run Park is available to hikers year-around and is located just off of George Washington Parkway in McLean, Virginia. The exits are clearly marked and you simply drive to parking lot C-1 to start this hike.Turkey Run has numerous trail opti...

    2 miles 200 ft gain

  • Hike the Lake Artemesia Natural Area Trail

    Park in the lot off of 55th Ave to access the trail (see map). This trail is great for all skill levels, is handicap accessible and dog friendly. Photos: Yngve Roennike, Justin Grimes, Mr.TinDC

    2.42 miles 6 ft gain

  • Hike the Scott's Run Nature Preserve Trail

    This nature preserve can be hiked year-round and is a sanctuary for rare wildflowers, birds, and other wildlife including deer and fox. There are six main interconnecting trails that run through the preserve; winding their way around matured hardw...

    2.5 miles

  • Hike Billy Goat Trail Section B

    Park in the lot on MacArthur Blvd. (see map) to access the trailhead. Trail is well-defined but little-traveled. You may want to bring a field guide for identifying wildflowers and the critters of the region. Photos: brown pau, Fritz Flohr Reynold...

    2.7 miles 68 ft gain

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Washington, Virginia

      Parkway Drive Volleyball Courts

      Overview The Parkway Drive Volleyball courts are located along the Potomac River, northwest of the Lincoln Memorial. The Parkway Drive Volleyball Courts are the only public courts within the memori...

    • Washington, District of Columbia

      Hains Point Picnic Area (East Potomac Park)

      Overview Hains Point Picnic Areas are located in East Potomac Park. Reservations for picnic areas (A, B, C, D) are required seven days a week (Sunday through Saturday) all year-round. Recreation H...

    • Washington, District of Columbia

      Rock Creek Park Group Picnic Areas

      Overview Eight group picnic areas in Rock Creek Park are available for advance reservation from May through October. These picnic areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis from Novemb...

    • Washington, District of Columbia

      Fort Dupont Park Picnic Areas

      Overview Fort Dupont Park has three picnic areas that can be reserved for use by groups from spring to fall each year. There are also picnic areas available on a first-come, first-served basis. R...

    • Greenbelt, Maryland

      Greenbelt Campground

      Overview Campground closed until Spring 2020. Greenbelt Campground is an urban oasis just 12 miles from Washington, D.C. This beautiful, wooded park is known for its safety, affordability, peacefu...

    • Greenbelt, Maryland

      Greenbelt Park Picnic Areas

      Overview PICNIC AREAS CLOSED UNTIL 2020Greenbelt Park is an urban oasis just 12 miles from Washington, D.C. This beautiful, wooded park is known for its peaceful surroundings and National Park Serv...

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