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Most of the rides in this region are rideable all year round. The Frederick Watershed, Gambrel State Park, Emmitsburg, and trails in the George Washington National Forest tend to do better when conditions are wet in other area trails. MORE has a "trail status" page which is updated by local riders, please check it, or better yet, submit your trail reports to alert other users of trail conditions.

Gems in Washington, DC - 5

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gem Favorite TR Island Great Blue Heron 2

Swamp Trail Overlook

(8) Washing…, DC
gem Favorite Cascading fountain.

Meridian Hill Fountain

(9) Washington, DC
gem Favorite Catch a view of the sky

Planetarium Programs

(3) Washington, DC
gem Favorite Catch a view of the sky

Discovery Hunt

(1) Washington, DC
gem Favorite Peirce Mill

Peirce Mill

(6) Washington, DC

Recommended Routes in Washington, DC - 8

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Favorite View of Rock Creek from the Valley Trail
Intermediate Intermediate

Rock Creek Park Loop: Western Ridge to Valley Trails

8.8 mi 14.2 km 484' Up 147.49 m Up 485' Down 147.73 m Down

Washington, DC
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Favorite Western Ridge Trail
Intermediate Intermediate

Boulder Bridge Loop

3.1 mi 5.0 km 270' Up 82.22 m Up 263' Down 80.05 m Down

Washington, DC
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Favorite Exploring the trail
Intermediate Intermediate

Glover-Archbold Trail

3.0 mi 4.9 km 370' Up 112.89 m Up 53' Down 16.25 m Down

Washington, DC
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Favorite Strolling through the National Arboretum.
Easy Easy

National Arboretum Figure-Eight

2.0 mi 3.2 km 209' Up 63.73 m Up 207' Down 62.98 m Down

Washington, DC
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Favorite Pine Trail.
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate

North Rock Creek Park 5K Loop

3.2 mi 5.2 km 258' Up 78.6 m Up 245' Down 74.79 m Down

Washington, DC
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Favorite Western Ridge Trail Moderate (upper). Some trunk-jumping and semi-steep descent/ascents.
Easy Easy

TRACK Trail

1.9 mi 3.1 km 19' Up 5.66 m Up 19' Down 5.7 m Down

Washington, DC
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Favorite Capitol stones in Rock Creek Park.
Intermediate Intermediate

Rapids Bridge Loop

2.0 mi 3.1 km 241' Up 73.47 m Up 239' Down 72.99 m Down

Washington, DC
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Favorite White-tailed deer in Rock Creek Park.
Intermediate Intermediate

Milkhouse Ford Loop

1.7 mi 2.7 km 253' Up 77.07 m Up 257' Down 78.29 m Down

Washington, DC
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Washington, DC Hiking

  • 301 Miles 485 Kilometers of Trail
  • 8 Recommended Routes
  • 5 Gems Gems
  • 60 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 43 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 5 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Washington, DC - 100

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191.9 mi 308.8 km #1Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath
Easy Easy
Washington, DC
Easy Easy
Washington, DC 15 
0.3 mi 0.5 km #2Rock Creek Trail Exercise Connector
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Washington, DC
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Washington, DC
18.9 mi 30.4 km #3Mount Vernon Trail
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Washington, D.C., DC
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Washington, D.C., DC 18 
4.8 mi 7.8 km #4Custis Trail
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Washington, DC
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Washington, DC
0.6 mi 0.9 km #5Reservation 630 Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Washington, DC
Intermediate Intermediate
Washington, DC
3.7 mi 6.0 km #6Western Ridge Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Silver Spring, MD
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Silver Spring, MD
1.6 mi 2.5 km #7Black Horse Trail (South)
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Washington, DC
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Washington, DC
2.1 mi 3.3 km #8Valley Trail - South
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Washington, DC
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Washington, DC
1.2 mi 1.9 km #9Battery-Kemble Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Washington, DC
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Washington, DC
0.9 mi 1.4 km #10Normanstone Trail
Easy Easy
Washington, DC
Easy Easy
Washington, DC

Photos of Washington, DC - 79

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View of Rock Creek from the Valley Trail
Jan 9, 2015 near Washington, DC
Exploring the trail
Aug 25, 2015 near Washington, DC
Georgetown from TR Island
Jan 21, 2016 near Washing…, DC
TR Island Great Blue Heron 2
Jan 21, 2016 near Washing…, DC
The entire capital, including the Vietnam Memorial, erupts in the bright blossoms of Japanese cherry trees come springtime.
Jan 4, 2017 near Washing…, DC
Small stream waterfalls along the Melvin C. Hazen Trail, Nov. 2018.
Dec 12, 2018 near Washington, DC
Fun and easy stream crossing along the Melvin C. Hazen trail, Nov. 2018.
Dec 12, 2018 near Washington, DC
Western Ridge Trail Moderate (upper). Some trunk-jumping and semi-steep descent/ascents.
Mar 23, 2019 near Washington, DC
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