Best Trails in District of Columbia

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1

British Columbia, Squamish-Lillooet Regional District County

03 :10 hrs
9.4 mi
280.5188 ft
Hard

Technical run on a series of hiking and biking trails

2

Maryland, College Park

01 :18 hrs
12 mi
112.521545 ft
Moderate

The Potomac River Basin is a massive network of more than one hundred rivers draining over nearly 15,000 square miles of land and provides about one-fifth of Chesapeake Bay’s water. This trail tours some of the creeks of the Potomac River Basin, mostly along paved bike paths through residential areas and forested parks with some short sections on connecting roads. You will parallel the Northeast and Northwest Branches of the river as well as Sligo Creek. The paths are all paved and the terrain is mainly flat with a gentle and gradual descent to the end at Forest Glen Station.

3

Maryland, Prince George's County

01 :28 hrs
14.7 mi
34.007 ft
Moderate

The Henson Creek Trail runs downstream from Oxon Hill through wooded parkland. The creek flows into Broad Creek and then into the Potomac River, but the trail stops short. The tour follows suburban streets to the remains of Fort Foote, a battlement built to defend the city of Washington during the Civil War. Next stop is the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church at Brad Creek, where Washington worshiped. The tour ends at Fort Washington. Along the trail, enjoy the beautiful scenery and great views of the river. One section of the trail at Fort Foote is on a dirt path, which may be walked to explore the park. The terrain is moderately hilly.

4

Virginia, Arlington County

00 :41 hrs
2 mi
8.697588 ft
Easy

The island is open year-round. The restrooms are closed for the winter season, usually October through April. During those months, you will find a portable toilet near the restroom. President Roosevelt was known for taking government officials and diplomats on hard hikes. Although not a very hard hike, here you can enjoy his legacy. Bird watching is great and the wildflowers are beautiful during spring and early summer. You may walk or jog through the trails. The surface is mostly flat with a boardwalk, concrete or surfaced with pea-sized gravel Canoeing or kayaking around the island is a popular activity. You may rent your craft at Georgetown or bring your own. Either way, be prepared to paddle on a busy and wide river.

5

British Columbia, Regional District of East Kootenay County

04 :59 hrs
9.9 mi
411.74976 ft
Moderate

Citadel Peak to Marvel Lake

6

British Columbia, Regional District of East Kootenay County

04 :05 hrs
9.4 mi
723.8572 ft
Hard

Magog to Marvel Lake campground

7

British Columbia, Squamish-Lillooet Regional District County

04 :27 hrs
5.7 mi
1156.038 ft
Easy

This route explores Cloudburst Mountain

8

British Columbia, Fort St. John

00 :27 hrs
1.2 mi
8.46698 ft
Moderate

Trail through Fish Creek Community Forest

9

Maryland, Prince George's County

00 :58 hrs
4.9 mi
10.244437 ft
Easy

This trail is part of the Anacostia Tributary Trail System and follows a paved section from the Riverdale Recreation Center to Greenbelt Road. You will ride in a beautiful stream valley park and circle Lake Artemesia, all of which is in a forested area within an urban setting. You will pass many neighborhood playgrounds as well as curving around the runways of College Park Airport, the oldest airport in the country. The ride can be shortened or extended, but sections of the path outside of this route may not all be paved.

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