5 Great Hiking Trails in Washington, D.C.

By Ian-Spiegel Blum

5 Great Hiking Trails in Washington, D.C.

Washington D.C. is one of the most incredible cities in the world, but when you’re looking to get a little closer to nature with the family—escape to one of the district’s wonderful hiking trails. For a rejuvenating afternoon, check out these five great hiking trails in Washington D.C.

1. Rock Creek Park

Rock Creek Park covers over 1,700 acres and was the third national park designated by the U.S. government all the way back in 1890. The park has over 32 miles of hiking paths and trails, including two main trails, the Western Ridge Trail and Valley Trail. Aside from the two main trails, hikers can explore other areas, following along the pre-marked options. 

Hard to believe this place is part of the District. Fun day exploring with ma' boo thang ;)

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2. Tidal Basin Loop Trail

The Tidal Basin is famous for the National Cherry Blossom Festival held each spring, as well as the Martin Luther King National Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and George Mason Memorial. Hikers looking for a quick day-trip without leaving the city will find the two-mile hiking trail around the basin just right. Along the way, make sure to stop at the memorials and ponder the sacrifices of those that helped shape our nation.

3. Theodore Roosevelt Island

Theodore Roosevelt Island is “a living memorial” to Roosevelt, and the wooded trails throughout pay tribute to his vision of a well-preserved America. Three main trails exist, including the Swamp Trail, Woods Trail, and Upland Trail, each with their own unique paths, challenges, and sites.

4. Kingman and Heritage Islands Park

Kingman and Heritage Islands Park is one of the lesser-traveled D.C. destinations, but offers just as many dazzling sights as any other. With over a mile and a half of trails to hike, one can spend a good portion of the day exploring. Choose from the Kingman Island Trail, Heritage Island Trail, or Anacostia River Trail.

5. Fort DuPont Park

Fort DuPont Park brings nature to the city on about 400 acres. Hikers, bikers, gardeners, and musicians all find themselves at home in the park. Several hiking options exist, including a self-guided hiking and bicycling route that interprets Civil War fortifications. Many other trails, both for veteran hikers and for beginners, are sprinkled throughout the park.  

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