East Potomac Park and Jefferson Memorial

Arlington, Virginia

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Extending south from the Mall, Potomac Park is just the place for a hike that features waterfront views of southwest Washington and northern Virginia, the Tidal Basin, memorials, golf and tennis courts, and much open space. Potomac Park is one of the youngest parks in Washington, dating from the 1880s. Located on a spit of land between the Washington Channel and the Potomac River, the park features an abundance of free and inexpensive recreational facilities operated by the National Park Serice. Tennis, golf, swimming, minigolf, and picnicking are popular activities here, but the park is also a favorite with local fishermen. The path is flooded fairly frequently, but fortunately there’s plenty of space to detour around the puddles.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC

by Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper (Menasha Ridge Press)

Extending south from the Mall, Potomac Park is just the place for a hike that features waterfront views of southwest Washington and northern Virginia, the Tidal Basin, memorials, golf and tennis courts, and much open space.

Potomac Park is one of the youngest parks in Washington, dating from the 1880s. Located on a spit of land between the Washington Channel and the Potomac River, the park features an abundance of free and inexpensive recreational facilities operated by the National Park Serice. Tennis, golf, swimming, minigolf, and picnicking are popular activities here, but the park is also a favorite with local fishermen. The path is flooded fairly frequently, but fortunately there’s plenty of space to detour around the puddles.

© 2017 Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper /Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Arlington
Distance: 6.1 miles
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round but best in cooler weather
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: National Capital Parks—Central, 202-619-7222 or nps.gov/nacc Cultural Tourism DC, culturaltourismdc.org
Local Maps: USGS Washington West; ADC Metro Washington
Restrictions: Finish this hike by sunset
Attractions: Parklands, waterfront views, street scenes
Driving Directions: Directions to East Potomac Park and Jefferson Memorial

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