District of Columbia Walking Trails and Maps

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Anacostia Riverwalk Trail

17.35 mi
State: DC
Asphalt

Capital Crescent Trail

11 mi
State: DC, MD
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

184.5 mi
State: DC, MD
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Fort Circle Park Hiker-Biker Trail

7 mi
State: DC
Dirt, Gravel

Klingle Valley Trail

0.7 mi
State: DC
Asphalt

Marvin Gaye Trail

1.9 mi
State: DC
Asphalt

Metropolitan Branch Trail

8 mi
State: DC, MD
Asphalt

Rock Creek Park Trails

8.5 mi
State: DC
Asphalt, Dirt

Suitland Parkway Trail

1.7 mi
State: DC
Asphalt

West Campus Access Road Trail

0.4 mi
State: DC
Concrete
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Anacostia Riverwalk Trail is an important component of the transportation network in the nation's capital and a priority project under President Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative. The...
DC 17.35 mi Asphalt
Detour notice: As of Sept. 5, 2017, a 3.5-mile section between Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda and Talbot Avenue in Silver Spring at the northeastern tip of the Capital Crescent Trail (also known as the...
DC, MD 11 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park (a.k.a. C&O Canal Towpath) follows the route of the Potomac River for 184.5 miles between Georgetown in Washington, D.C., and Cumberland, Maryland....
DC, MD 184.5 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
Washington, D.C.'s Fort Circle Park Hiker-Biker Trail links some of the District's dozens of Civil War era forts (now national parks) that were built to defend the city from attack by the southern...
DC 7 mi Dirt, Gravel
The Klingle Valley Trail spans just shy of a mile in a leafy, residential area of northwest Washington, DC. The trail opened in June 2017 and is accessible to the neighborhoods of Cleveland Park,...
DC 0.7 mi Asphalt
The Marvin Gaye Trail offers a paved pathway through the Deanwood, Burville, Lincoln Heights, and Hillbrook neighborhoods of Washington, DC. Just shy of 2 miles, it runs from Minnesota Avenue NE, near...
DC 1.9 mi Asphalt
Following the route of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's Metropolitan Branch rail line, the Met Branch Trail is a busy urban rail-with-trail that shares a corridor with Metro's Red Line, MARC commuter...
DC, MD 8 mi Asphalt
Located in the northwest section of Washington, D.C., Rock Creek Park is the oldest and largest urban park in the national park system. Established in 1890, Rock Creek offers more than 1,700 acres of...
DC 8.5 mi Asphalt, Dirt
The Suitland Parkway trail is a short paved multi-use path that runs adjacent to Suitland Parkway in SE D.C. to the border with Maryland. Proposed construction may extend the trail to the Branch...
DC 1.7 mi Asphalt
The West Campus Access Road Trail, the newest rail-trail in Washington, D.C., travels through the sprawling former campus of St. Elizabeths Hospital, now set to become the new home of the Department...
DC 0.4 mi Concrete

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Recent Trail Reviews

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

June 2018 Ride on C&O

June, 2018 by ron4packers_tl

I started at lock 6 and rode up to Great Falls Tavern. It was a great day. I saw a deer, a few herons, and the water was high on the Potomac. Trail was under construction in two places along the trail during my ride including at Great Falls. Still it is an enjoyable ride with lots of share on hot days.

Metropolitan Branch Trail

Don't meet the expectations of a trail

May, 2018 by sanmartm

Today I decided to try the trails I haven't ride in DC. Anacostia, Sligo, Takoma and Metropolitan Branch. The first three were a nice surprise. The last one, the MBT, was a disappointment. The first 3-4 miles until 8th street are a real trail. Then it becomes a loose segments on road with very poor signs and not well planned. I appreciate all the effort these guys have made but calling it a Trail is really misleading.

Anacostia Riverwalk Trail

Trail goes way past Bladensburg! :-)

May, 2018 by ferdinandduval

A lot of people think this trail ends at Bladensburg. In fact you can continue on beautiful bike paths all the way to Wheaton or almost to Greenbelt.

Technically, the "Riverwalk" trail ends at Bladensburg, but then the "River" trails take over. https://www.traillink.com/trail/anacostia-tributary-trail-system/

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Anacostia Riverwalk Trail

Lots of water views, not too many hills... lots little bridges. parked at Anacostia River Park, rode to Bladensburg Md.

May, 2018 by galeljames

Lots of water views, not too many hills... lots little bridges. parked at Anacostia River Park, rode to Bladensburg Md.

Capital Crescent Trail

Section closed

April, 2018 by craigmoen2

The section between Bethesda and Silver Spring is closed until 2022 while the add a heavy rail transit.

Anacostia Riverwalk Trail

anacostia river trail not up to date oct 2017

October, 2017 by katesomerville

This trail was expanded last year and i ride it but you end way before the end. Want to support but payment of fee demands currency on your end. The trail ends in bladensberg now. Please update.

Rock Creek Park Trails

access to routes

August, 2017 by marianaito

I'm new to this app. It looks good but only shows nearby parking. How about those who can only come to bike trail via train or bus. Maybe useful to have nearest metro stops. ( or the number bus that runs by, though maybe that would be more difficult ). At least nearest metro would be helpful. Thanks.

Anacostia Riverwalk Trail

What we were looking for

June, 2017 by terry7

My wife and I wanted to find a fairly easy, scenic ride and that's what this was. We used public parking near the stadium, went to the water and headed North. It's easy to find the trail from there, but it's kind of weird riding on the sidewalks initially. After the first section you have a long, "walk the bike" section in front of Navy Yard.

After that the original trail is closed so you have to go left at ML King Ave, up to Water Street and the right to follow Water. The trail shares the road for a bit, but it has very little traffic.

We then rode up just past the DC United stadium. This has some nice shady areas and places to pull off. You can go up farther and cross the river, but we turned back and crossed at the Sousa bridge and went South on the other side. There are restrooms available in the Anacostia Fields section of the park. This part of the ride is very sunny.

We continued to the Frederick Douglas Bridge and crossed back over the the stadium. The trail maps don't show a connection, but if you come off the bridge and go right on Potomac Ave, you will be right back where we started.

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

An Amazing Experience

June, 2017 by brendan.ms

A friend and I just recently finished this trail. It was an amazing ride with plenty to see along the route. The trail was very well maintained with the grass having been recently mowed and some sections of the trail having been repaved.

We completed this trail in 4 days going from Cumberland to DC; I was quite surprised at how empty the trail was, so if you want a nice peaceful ride and learn some historic facts about the area this is a great trail for you. There are plenty of free camping spots along the route as well as port-a-potties (not the best well kept many had wasp nests inside). Also their are water pumps along the route to stop and refill so you do not need to carry too much water.

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Don't get on at Harpers Ferry!

May, 2017 by suemer47

We stopped at Harpers Ferry and were told by at least 3 park rangers that all you have to do is put your bikes on the bus at the Visitors Center ...cross the bridge and get on the trail. None of those people told us that when you cross the bridge there is a spiral staircase and about 40 metal stairs you have to carry your bike down to get on the trail. It was not fun and very dangerous. Luckily a few nice strong young men carried our bikes. The trail at the bottom of the stairs was nice, but very muddy. All I could think of was how are we gonna get our bikes back up the stairs. When I mentioned this to the business owners in Harpers Ferry, they all said yes, you need to complain to the park service. No where on any of the trail information is this problem listed.

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

C&O trail

May, 2017 by stevenlaineerwilson

This is an absolutely beautiful trail with lots of nature and serene sideways along its path.

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Awesome, and really fun to jog!

January, 2017 by isaacwathieu

I went on a 11 mile run through swains lock and it was so fun, you would occasionally see other runners but not too much. I also enjoyed the scenery around me. It is mostly dried dirt but has some mud. Really great if you are going with family members.

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