Washington, District of Columbia

Top Spots in and near Washington

  • Bluemont, Virginia

    Hike to Bears Den Overlook

    4.4
    1.31 mi / 164 ft gain
    Bears Den is a collection of rocks and boulders that overlooks the Shenandoah Valley in northern Virginia, just off the Appalachian Trail. You have two options to access this overlook: park at the bottom of the mountain and hike up to the overlook via the trail, or drive to the top and access the...
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  • Purcellville, Virginia

    Explore Potomac Wayside Park

    4.0
    0.25 mi / 75 ft gain
    This is a small park along route 340 in Purcellville, Virginia near Harper's Ferry. After you have parked, look for the park sign which will be a few feet behind you. There is a trail that will take you down to the bottom of the waterfall and eventually to the Potomac River. There is also a trail...
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  • Bluemont, Virginia

    Hike to Raven Rock

    4.3
    5 mi / 1000 ft gain
    Starting at a small parking lot right off of Route 7 (wuick right onto Pine Grove Road) this hike takes you North on the Appalachian Trail in a very hilly/rocky part of the trail. Expect to gain and lose 300 feet+ multiple times! It's about 2.5 miles each way so budget at least a few hours to go ...
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  • Baltimore, Maryland

    Paddle Dundee Creek

    1.5 mi
    Follow the main entrance road down and to the right of the nature center to a turn around loop, where a car can be temporarily parked to unload/load boats onto the pier. You can launch canoes and kayaks on the end of the pier which goes directly out to Dundee Creek. From the launch site, paddlers...
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  • Baltimore, Maryland

    Hike Marshy Point Nature Center

    5 mi
    Marshy Point Nature Center is 25 minutes northeast of Baltimore in Middle River, Maryland. Convenient from I-95 with lots of parking and miles of interconnected trails, it's a perfect spot for a quick hike or an all-day excursion.  The trails are mostly within the 1-2 mile range, but you can comb...
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  • Knoxville, Maryland

    Hike to Maryland Heights

    4.8
    2.8 mi / 900 ft gain
    Maryland Heights is at the convergence of Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia, as well as the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. The Appalachian Trail and C&O Canal Towpath are also easily accessible from the trailhead parking lot. The parking lot holds about 16 cars and is between Locks 33 and ...
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  • Knoxville, Maryland

    Hike Maryland Heights Trail Loop

    5.3 mi / 1600 ft gain
    Learn Civil War history as you hike through forts and read signs about the war.  Enjoy beautiful lookouts, including one with a great view of Harpers Ferry.  The 5.3 mile hike is relatively easy and offers an interesting opportunity to learn history in one of the most important historical areas i...
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  • Cool Spring Path South Parking, Virginia

    Hike Cool Spring Path

    4.0
    2 mi / 70 ft gain
    The Cool Spring Path South is an old golf course that has been and still is in the process of being returned to its natural state by Shenandoah University. The paved paths from the golf course make this an easy hike for anyone. For those who may be in a wheelchair, this loop should be fully acces...
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  • Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

    Hike Weverton Cliffs Overlook from Harpers Ferry

    5.0
    8.2 mi / 925 ft gain
    Parking and trail head: Park at the Harpers Ferry Visitors Center for $10 (171 Shoreline Dr, Bolivar, WV 25425) and take the shuttle a mile and a half to lower town (free).  Walk straight from the shuttle to the large bridge. Cross the bridge to hop on the C&O canal trail. This is the point w...
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  • Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

    Hike Maryland Heights via Harpers Ferry

    4.5
    4.2 mi / 800 ft gain
    Parking and trail head: Park at the Harpers Ferry Visitors Center for $10 (171 Shoreline Dr, Bolivar, WV 25425) and take the shuttle a mile and a half to lower town (free).  Walk straight from the shuttle to the large bridge. Cross the bridge and take a left on the C&O Canal trail. You will s...
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  • Lusby, Maryland

    Hike the Red Trail, Calvert Cliffs SP

    4.8
    3.6 mi
    Starting in the parking lot you will follow the Red Trail for 1.3 miles until you reach the cliffs that give this park its name. The trail to the cliffs is both easy to follow and gorgeous at every turn. This is a fairly flat trail and is perfect for all skill levels as well as dog-friendly. Once...
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  • Bluemont, Virginia

    Hike to Hollow Brook Falls

    4.3
    2 mi / 300 ft gain
    This hike will start on the Appalachian Trail and will take you to a beautiful set of falls.  When you arrive at the location you will see numerous spots along the side of the road to park. You'll need to look for the white blaze for the Appalachian Trail (it will head up from the parking area). ...
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