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Valley Trail - Entire Length

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.8 (6) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This enjoyable extravaganza combines both the northern and southern portions of Valley Trail


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Map Key

5.4

Miles

8.6

KM

Point to Point

221' 67 m

High

69' 21 m

Low

293' 89 m

Up

397' 121 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

Follow the blue blazes that mark this route along Rock Creek and Beach Drive. Revel in the tranquility of this super convenient escape from the urban maelstrom.

Description

This wonderful trail runs along Rock Creek from the Maryland border to the confluence of Piney Branch and Rock Creek. The entire length is just about 5.5 miles one way, but but don't be fooled by the word "Valley" in its name. The trail has plenty of elevation change as it twists and turns on the banks of the river. Complete the whole route, or tackle it in sections, you won't be disappointed.

Contrary to the Western Ridge Trail, the Valley Trail path is a bit more rugged. Watch your footing for rocks, roots and narrow passages. While you'll find fewer hikers along the Valley trail, this is probably the most popular trail in the park overall, and a great place to see wildlife like deer and black snakes.

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  3.8 from 6 votes

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Photos

View of Rock Creek from the Valley Trail
Jan 9, 2015 near Washington, DC
Pine Trail.
Mar 8, 2016 near Washington, DC
Western Ridge Trail southern fork for Moderate (upper), Strenuous (lower). Suggest taking Strenuous north since it's easier to climb the Strenuous trail rockface than crab-walk it down. Return loop via the Moderate Trail.
Mar 23, 2019 near Washington, DC
Ash leaves.
Mar 8, 2016 near Washington, DC
Boulder Bridge over Rock Creek.
Mar 8, 2016 near Washington, DC
Star Chickweed.
Mar 8, 2016 near Washington, DC

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Oct 13, 2018
Kirsten Schwiesow
4.1mi
Aug 3, 2018
Eric Schmidt
Mar 24, 2018
Marcus Hill
Sep 9, 2017
Dan Fitzgerald
Wayyyy harder than I expected 5.4mi
Oct 14, 2016
Catherine Francoeur