May 28, 2024 /
Christina Hester

Take a Hike for National Trails Day

In honor of National Trails Day coming up on June 1st, we’re here to provide you with some of the best, wooded trails across the DMV area. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just looking for a peaceful walk out in nature, there’s something for everyone. Read on to discover a hiking path near you!

  1. Fort Circle Park Hiker-Biker Trail

Fort Circle Park offers a serene, wooded escape right in the heart of DC. This trail is perfect for both hikers and bikers, winding through historical Civil War fort sites and lush greenery.

  1. C&O Canal Towpath

The C&O Canal Towpath is a hiker’s paradise, stretching from Georgetown in DC to Cumberland, Maryland. This trail is ideal for a multi-day, El Camino-style trek. You can start at mile marker 0 at Thompson’s Boat House and even bike all the way to Pittsburgh via the C&O and the GAP.

  1. Anacostia Riverwalk

Favored by both walkers and bikers, the Anacostia Riverwalk spans from the Navy Yard to Bladensburg Park. Enjoy picturesque views of the river and the surrounding parklands on this easily accessible trail.

  1. Lake Artemisia

Located in College Park, Maryland, Lake Artemisia offers a beautiful, tranquil setting for a nature walk. The loop around the lake is perfect for bird-watching and enjoying the serene waterside views. Additionally, the entire trail is paved and accessible, and accessed by other trails, like the Paint Branch Trail.

  1. Hidden Pond Nature Center

This hidden gem in Springfield, Virginia, features wooded trails that meander around a peaceful pond. The nature center also offers educational programs, making it a great spot for family outings.

  1. Glover Archbold Trail

This trail is a hidden treasure in Northwest DC, providing a quiet escape with its dense woods and small streams. It’s a perfect spot for a leisurely hike without leaving the city.

  1. Rock Creek and Beach Drive Trail

One of DC’s most famous trails, Rock Creek Park offers miles of scenic trails that run through the city. The Beach Drive section is especially popular for its smooth, car-free paths on weekends.

  1. Capital Crescent Trail

Connecting Georgetown to Silver Spring, Maryland, the Capital Crescent Trail is a favorite for both cyclists and hikers. Enjoy a mix of urban and wooded environments along this well-maintained path.

  1. Marvin Gaye Trail

Named after the legendary musician, this trail runs through Marvin Gaye Park in Northeast DC. The wooded path provides a serene environment for a relaxing walk or bike ride.

  1. Oxon Run Trail

Oxon Run Trail, located in Southeast DC, offers a peaceful escape with its wooded surroundings and well-paved paths. It’s an excellent spot for both casual walkers and serious runners.

And an honorable mention to the University Hills Duck Pond in Hyattsville! We’ve had a wonderful season working together to add 98 trees to the park’s landscape. Visit the park and take a walk through the beautiful scenery of the area.

Explore these trails and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the DMV area. While not a comprehensive or exhaustive list, perhaps this short list inspires you to get out to find trails nearby. Whether it’s just a stroll around a park, or a bike or run through the city, there is a lot of nature to see on the trail. Happy hiking!