Washington and Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park
The Washington and Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park features a paved trail from Shirlington, Va., to Alexandria, Va. Along the W&OD trail are historical displays and structures with information for visitors. A highlight of the trail is a section that parallels the Potomac River directly across from Washington. From the trail, walkers, runners and bikers can view many of the popular national moments.
Theodore Roosevelt Island
Roosevelt Island is located directly off the George Washington Parkway. Roosevelt Island has several miles of light hiking trails.
Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park has many hiking trails, campgrounds and sites for backcountry camping. Along the park is a popular scenic drive, the Skyline drive. Shenandoah National Park is located approximately 75 miles from Washington.
Kayaking, paddling and boating on the Potomac River are popular summer and fall attractions.
Great Falls Park
Approximately 18 miles from Washington is Great Falls Park, which has established hiking, trail running, mountain biking and outdoor climbing routes.