Best Easy Day Hikes Washington, DC  by Louise S. Baxter

Best Easy Day Hikes: Washington, D.C. Guide Book

by Louise S. Baxter (Falcon Guides)
Best Easy Day Hikes Washington, DC  by Louise S. Baxter
Best Easy Day Hikes Washington, D.C. includes concise descriptions and detailed maps for twenty easy-to-follow hikes in and near the nation’s capital. Discover Theodore Roosevelt Island; monuments and memorials, museums, gardens, and Rock Creek Park; the C&O Canal towpath; and top-notch trails along the Potomac River.

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Trails from the "Best Easy Day Hikes: Washington, D.C." Guide Book
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Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 20.

Visit one of the area’s largest freshwater tidal marshes. Dyke Marsh is home to almost 400 plant species and is popular with birders. Leave the city behind as you enter Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, a ...
Belle Haven, VA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 3.5
Follow the marshes along the Potomac River to Old Town Alexandria. Spend some time walking through the streets of this historic city before heading back on the Mount Vernon Trail. The hike can be done ...
Belle Haven, VA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 4.2
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This shady trail follows the C&O Canal towpath along the canal to Fletchers Cove on the Potomac River. Stop along the way to cross Chain Bridge to Virginia, where you will enjoy nice views of Little G ...
Cabin John, MD - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 4.3
This smooth portion of the C&O Canal towpath follows the canal with views of a rocky branch of the Potomac River. The C&O Canal National Historical Park stretches for 185 miles from Georgetown to C ...
, DC - Hiking - Trail Length: 6
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On the site of the ruins of a fort built to protect Washington, D.C., during the War of 1812, Fort Washington has served as a protective barrier for the city since the Civil War. Today it is a park wi ...
Fort Washington, MD - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.9
From Roosevelt Island to Roosevelt Bridge, this hike follows the river and canal through some of the chic areas of the city. Take a break in Georgetown on the way back for a bite to eat or some shoppi ...
, DC - Hiking,Trail Running,Walking - Trail Length: 3.8
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If you’re tired of being in the city, but don’t have time to go out to the country, this short hike through the woods will restore your spirits and bring you back to nature. Glover-Archbold Park is ...
, DC - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.6
Just north of Washington, D.C., the Great Falls cascade over rocks in the Potomac River. This hike, on the Virginia side, winds along the cliffs over the river and then past remnants of the Patowmack ...
McLean, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.7
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This is a short hike but well worth the time to see the amazing water flowers and plants that grow in this marsh. The trail winds around several ponds and out to the marsh that joins the Anacostia Riv ...
, DC - Hiking,Trail Running,Walking - Trail Length: 2.1
This short hike features the water and marshes of the Mason Neck area. Look for ducks, swans, and geese, especially in spring and fall. Mason Neck is a peninsula formed by Pohick Bay, Belmont Bay, and ...
Mason Neck, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.6
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Popular with birders, this hike focuses on the Kanes Creek area, an offshoot of Belmont Bay. Look for bald eagles, herons, and osprey on your hike, especially as you get closer to the water. Mason Nec ...
Mason Neck, VA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 3.5
From the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial, the west side of the National Mall is a walk through history. Visit these honored sites and discover a few surprises along the way. Certainly the ...
, DC - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 2.6
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Walking around the east side of the mall, pass by several Smithsonian museums and through sculpture and botanic gardens on this short, easy tour. Begin at the Smithsonian Metro stop and turn right ...
, DC - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 2.4
The eastern side of the National Arboretum features an Asian collection, conifers, and dogwoods. In summer, pink and white crape myrtles are in full flower, and winter brings the bright red berries of ...
, DC - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.7
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This walk through the western side of the National Arboretum is especially vibrant during spring when the azaleas and daffodils are in bloom. Walk through the visitor center to the large patio that ...
, DC - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.1
This hike is similar to Rock Creek Park’s Rapids Bridge hike, but it goes a little farther and includes Boulder Bridge. Built in 1902, this scenic bridge is now on the National Register of Historic Pl ...
, DC - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Trail Running - Trail Length: 3
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This short hike takes you away from the city and features three historic sites: Fort DeRussy, Miller Cabin, and Milkhouse Ford. One of the oldest national parks, Rock Creek Park was designed to cre ...
, DC - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Trail Running - Trail Length: 1.8
See the rapids of Rock Creek on this wooded hike through the park. Look for deer and foxes along the trail. Rock Creek Park is a true urban oasis. Right in the middle of the city, you can head into ...
, DC - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Trail Running,Walking - Trail Length: 2
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Any talk about hiking around the Washington, D.C. area has to start at Theodore Roosevelt Island. The entire island is a memorial to the twenty-sixth president, an avid conservationist and the founder ...
, DC - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.4
This pristine walk starts and ends along the Tidal Basin, with visits to the FDR and Jefferson Memorials. It follows the Potomac River out to the Hains Point peninsula, with views of the Potomac River ...
, DC - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 5.4
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