Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond Guide Book

by Jennifer Chambers (The Mountaineers Books)
Best Hikes with Kids Washington, DC, the Beltway and Beyond  by Jennifer Chambers

330pp/guides/maps
ISBN: 9781594857829

Washington, DC, is known as the political capital of the world, a city inhabited by powerful people. But beyond politics, residents from all walks of life, including the first family, have incredible opportunities to participate in the metropolitan area’s rich cultural, historical, artistic, and outdoor adventures. Families can choose from a plethora of outdoor adventures, whether they drive a short distance from their home to an accessible trailhead for a hike or venture farther afield. The DC region offers outdoor enthusiasts many options: backpacking on the Appalachian Trail, whitewater rafting on the Shenandoah River, kayaking and canoeing on the Patuxent River, spelunking in the limestone caves of the Blue Ridge, rock climbing on the metamorphic walls of the Mather Gorge on the Potomac River, fishing in Chesapeake Bay, and hiking on more than a thousand miles of trails. This book is not all-inclusive but describes a potpourri of the best hikes for families in the DC region.

© 2014 Jennifer Chambers /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 69.
... Preview: This out-and-back hike on the Appalachian Trail (AT) is one of a few that provide families with spectacular views from atop a ridgeline. Your hiking destination is a large rock outcropping that hangs ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond"
Myersville, MD - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 5.4
... Preview: Like most parks along the Potomac River in Virginia, Balls Bluff Battlefield Park sits on a bluff overlooking the Potomac in Loudoun County. Besides being a scenic and fun place to hike, this pa ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond"
Leesburg, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.6
... Preview: Nestled in the rolling meadows and forests just south of the town of Leesburg, quiet and unknown Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve has 725 acres and offers 20 miles of hiker-only trails. The hike passes t ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond"
Leesburg, VA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 3.2
... Preview: Mason Neck State Park covers 1825 acres of land on a Virginia peninsula into the Potomac River with Belmont Bay to the south and Gunston Cove to the north. From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond"
Lorton, VA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 1.0
... Preview: The Bearfence Trail loop offers a challenging and engaging hike with a rock scramble to 360-degree views on its ridge. On a clear day, you can see the Shenandoah peaks from north to south and east to ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond"
Stanardsville, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2
... Preview: The 1.5-mile loop traverses the sidehill and ridgeline, goes around the cabin and lodge, and passes through the campground. The loop consists of at least portions of the Interpretive Maintenance, Natu ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond"
Bluemont, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge was created in 1979 by Fort Belvoir to protect the land surrounding Accotink Bay on the Potomac River. The 1360-acre refuge has 12 miles of trails and is home to Accotink ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond"
Fort Belvoir, VA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: Berma Road and the towpath are part of the 184-mile trail system in Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. Both are located in the Great Falls region of the park. An old trolley rail be ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond"
Potomac, MD - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 3.0
... Preview: Section A of the Billy Goat Trail is the most popular and well-known hike in Washington, DC, for good reasons. Its location on the high rocky cliffs above the Potomac River makes it very scenic. Fur ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond"
Potomac, MD - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 3.7
... Preview: Section B of the Billy Goat Trail is one of three trails with that name that follow the Potomac River from mile marker 14 along the canal to mile 10 in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historica ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond"
Potomac, MD - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 2.6
... Preview: Section C of the Billy Goat Trail sits in the shadows of its sister trails up the Potomac River. While Section A on Bear Island is the most popular hike in Washington, DC, Section C at Carderock offer ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond"
Potomac, MD - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 2.5
... Preview: Blockhouse Point Conservation Park is 630 acres of rich upland forest along the Potomac River. This park is designated by Montgomery Parks as a “best natural area” because of the rare and threatened s ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond"
Darnestown, MD - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.0
... Preview: The Blue Mash Trail is located on 545 acres at the closed Oaks Land?ll in northern Montgomery County. This hiking-only trail and a separate shared-use trail surround the capped land?ll in its buffer z ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond"
Olney, MD - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.0
... Preview: The Bluebell Trail looped with the Bull Run Occoquan Trail is by far the best way to see huge patches of bluebells in the floodplains along Cub and Bull runs. From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond"
Manassas, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.0
... Preview: Bucklodge Forest Conservation Park in upper Montgomery County provides families with a quiet and peaceful hike during which you can observe forest succession and will have a chance to see deer, hawks, ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond"
Poolesville, MD - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.6
... Preview: Hemlock Overlook Regional Park is one of five regional parks along Bull Run from Interstate 66 to the Potomac River. The other four are Bull Run Regional Park (Hike 52), Bull Run Marina (not des ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond"
Clifton, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.4
... Preview: The entire Cabin John Trail, starting at the Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Canal and ending at Goya Drive, is 9 miles. Major roads such as Democracy Boulevard bisect the trail. From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond"
Bethesda, MD - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 2.4
... Preview: The 9-mile Cabin John Trail stretches from the Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Canal in Cabin John Stream Valley Park to Goya Boulevard in Rockville. From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond"
Bethesda, MD - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.4
... Preview: Calvert Cliffs State Park is a unique place in southern Maryland, known for its shoreline cliffs along the Chesapeake Bay where you and your kids can pretend to be archaeologists and search for fossil ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond"
Lusby, MD - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 3.6
... Preview: Patapsco Valley State Park is just outside the Baltimore beltway of Interstate 695. Maryland’s oldest park, it was established in 1907 by a newly created State Board of Forestry that received a gift o ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond"
Elkridge, MD - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 2.2