AMCand39;s Best Day Hikes Near Washington, DC  by Stephen Mauro and Beth Homicz

AMC's Best Day Hikes Near Washington, D.C. Guide Book

by Stephen Mauro and Beth Homicz (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
AMCand39;s Best Day Hikes Near Washington, DC  by Stephen Mauro and Beth Homicz
Discover 50 of the best day hikes in the Washington, D.C., area with this essential four-season guide from the Appalachian Mountain Club. Whether you are an outdoorsperson or visitor looking to explore the trails of Washington, D.C., Maryland, or Virginia, this book is a must-have resource for shorter walks and day-long adventures.

© 2011 Stephen Mauro and Beth Homicz/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "AMC's Best Day Hikes Near Washington, D.C." Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 49.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 49.

The American Chestnut Land Trust offers hiking along pristine, undeveloped Chesapeake Bay tributaries in Calvert County.
Prince Frederick, MD - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 6.8
Follow sleepy Antietam Creek at the quiet southern end of Antietam National Battlefield and a series of ridges in beautiful farm country that belies the bloody contest waged here.
Sharpsburg, MD - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.5
Follow woodsy avenues on each side of Georgetown for a secluded circuit hike around the heart of Northwest Washington.
, DC - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.9
Billy Goat Trail at Great Falls, Maryland, is one of the metro region’s most popular—and most spectacular—hikes, tracing the top of the 50-foot Mather Gorge above the Potomac River.
Great Falls, MD - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.2
Black Hill Regional Park, surrounding the 500-acre Little Seneca Lake, is a butterfly hotspot with meadows that attract hundreds of monarchs during their semiannual migrations in April and September.
Clarksburg, MD - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.8
The Bull Run Mountains, the closest range to Washington, D.C., provide hikers with rugged—but not overwhelming—terrain.
Haymarket, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.5
Traveling through a swath of rural land in the Bull Run and Occoquan watersheds, Bull Run–Occoquan Trail can seem as remote in places as the Appalachian Trail.
Manassas, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.8
Calvert Cliffs State Park offers a perfect circuit hike with a halfway point at a stretch of Miocene-epoch cliffs rich in shark teeth and other ancient fossils.
Lusby, MD - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.8
Very popular with local commuters, this shady, gently descending paved rail-trail travels through historic areas in Maryland and Washington, D.C., offering views of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, the Potomac River, and several attractive old railway crossings.
Bethesda, MD - Hiking - Trail Length: 8
Catoctin Mountain Park and Cunningham Falls State Park offer true mountain trails only an hour from Washington, D.C., with a pristine waterfall as the featured attraction.
Thurmont, MD - Hiking - Trail Length: 10.4
Cedarville State Forest offers 3,500 acres of forested bottom land as well as access to the largest freshwater swamp in Maryland.
Waldorf, MD - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.2
Cosca Regional Park’s Lake Trail and Clearwater Nature Center provide fun and fascination both indoors and out. This easy, pleasant lakeside hike can be surprisingly rich in natural wonders such as herons and owls.
Clinton, MD - Hiking,Walking - Trail Length: 1.4
Mostly level, and filled with architectural and natural beauty, this scenic loop route takes in two founders’ memorials, four bodies of water, and dozens of cherry trees.
, DC - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.5
Lovely and peaceful, this secluded and somewhat hilly woodland escape rewards hikers with a plethora of wildflowers, a rushing clear stream, a cold-spring-fed marsh, and the chance to tread upon land long revered and inhabited by American Indians and later owned and farmed by Virginia gentry.
Great Falls, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.6
The trails at G. Richard Thompson Wildlife Management Area crest the Blue Ridge Mountains to reach heights of 2,200 feet above sea level, and in springtime are adorned with Virginia’s best display of trillium flowers.
Delaplane, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.8
Greenbelt Park, situated just inside the Beltway, offers an excellent loop hike that traverses a secluded second-growth forest.
Greenbelt, MD - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.3
Hike diverse terrain including pine forests, agricultural fields, tidal creeks, and sandy beaches at this idyllic state park on the banks of the Patuxent River.
Hollywood, MD - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.5
This hike from downtown Harpers Ferry to Maryland Heights across the Potomac is as challenging as it is gorgeous.
Harpers Ferry, WV - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.6
Huntley Meadows is a 1,400-acre natural oasis in the heart of suburbia, less than a mile from the hustle and bustle of US 1. A prime birding location, it contains a large freshwater marsh that supports more than 200 species.
Hybla Valley, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
This peaceful, mostly level hike meanders through hardwood forests, wetlands, and the domains of birds both live and mechanical. A birding trail, fishing piers, and plenty of resting places at the lake make this an enjoyable trip of discovery for all ages.
College Park, MD - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.5