Georgetown and the Waterfront

Washington, DC 20509

Georgetown and the Waterfront

Georgetown and the Waterfront Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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 shopping.

Leaving the tranquility of Roosevelt Island, cross over the George Washington Parkway to Rosslyn, Virginia. Now mostly hotels, offices, and high-rise apartments, this prime location across the river from Georgetown once was the home of Fort Corcoran, one of several forts protecting the capital city during the Civil War. With the housing boom that followed the Second World War, Rosslyn became a suburb of Washington, known for its garden apartments.

From Rosslyn, cross Key Bridge to Georgetown. The bridge was named for Francis Scott Key, author of the lyrics to the national anthem. Stop in the small park at the end of Key Bridge with a bust of the poet."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"Sure, size matters. But a Renoir is a Renoir whether it’s large or small. And the same holds for Georgetown’s exquisite gardens, from pocket-size gems behind skinny row houses to magnum masterpieces at lavish mansions. A few of the gardens take to the public stage each spring at Georgetown’s Garden Tour." Read more
"New money, old money, little money. Everyone flocks to Georgetown. The main difference is that some can afford to stay longer and exploit more of its many riches. But the best thing about Georgetown is free: its gorgeous, walkable streets. The entire neighborhood of Georgetown, with its Federal-style brick row houses and mash-up of mansions, became a protected historic district in 1950." Read more

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Trail Information

Trail Type
Skill Level
2.5 hours
Additional Use
Rand McNally Washington DC Metro Street Guide: page 102; G5, F5, and G4; and page 103; A5 and A6
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Dec 2018