National Mall Trails

District of Columbia

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National Mall Trails Facts

States: District of Columbia
Counties: Washington
Length: 3 miles
Trail end points: United States Capitol and Potomac River
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 13199269

National Mall Trails Description

Explore the National Mall with its iconic monuments and memorials via the wide paths that crisscross the mall's 1,000 acres of greenspace in the heart of Washington, D.C. Enjoy paddle boating on the Tidal Basin, bike along the paths, picnic on the grass, take a tour, or go on a nighttime walk with a park ranger.

Located in downtown D.C., there are lots of restaurants, parks, museums, and numerous other cultural and recreational attractions. Public restrooms and drinking fountains located throughout the mall. 

Nearby trails include Rock Creek Park Trails, the Metropolitan Branch Trail, the Capital Crescent Trail, the C&O Canal Towpath, Beach Drive (Rock Creek Park), and the Anacostia River Trail (also known as the Anacostia Riverwalk).



Parking and Trail Access

Washington, DC's public transit systems offer a number of options for accessing Beach Drive. To plan your trip, check out the websites for the MetroDC CirculatorCapital Bikeshare, or see all options on the District's Department of Transportation website.

Parking is available at several lots located around the mall. 


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