clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile
Shenandoah National Park
Shutterstock

12 D.C. area hikes worth traveling to, mapped

Get your hiking boots ready!

View as Map
Shenandoah National Park
| Shutterstock

The D.C. region is full of hiking trails within a quick drive, or even a walk or Metro ride. From Harpers Ferry to Theodore Roosevelt Island, see in the map below where you can get active outdoors.

If you have any other hiking suggestions, let us know in the comments.

Read More

Harpers Ferry

Copy Link

More than 60 miles away from the District, Harpers Ferry in West Virginia offers sights and sounds of nature around a historic town. Visitors can access the C&O Canal Trail and roughly 20 miles of trails, including some more challenging climbs.

Shutterstock

Sugarloaf Mountain

Copy Link

Expect a wide variety of animals and flora in this Maryland location. You can scale nearly 1,300 feet to the summit of the mountain, although there are relatively flat trails around it.

Shutterstock

Greenbelt Park

Copy Link

With over nine miles of trails, this park is great for hiking, camping, and bird watching. It’s also Metro accessible and approximately 12 miles away from D.C.

Shutterstock

Rock Creek Park

Copy Link

As D.C.’s biggest park, Rock Creek Park is one of the best places for hiking within the District. It boasts more than 30 miles of trails as well as well as a Nature Center, a planetarium, and picnic areas. (And it’s connected to the National Zoo.)

Shutterstock

Glover-Archbold Trail

Copy Link

You’ll find an escape from the high energy of the city on the Glover-Archbold Trail. It’s a great spot for picnicking and running, in part because it’s easily accessible.

Capital Crescent Trail

Copy Link

Suitable for hiking or biking, the Capital Crescent Trail stretches from Georgetown to Silver Spring, Maryland across roughly 11 miles. It’s roughly split between D.C. and Montgomery County.

Theodore Roosevelt Island

Copy Link

Located on the Potomac River, Theodore Roosevelt Island provides a quick retreat from the city and views of D.C.’s west side. (No bicycles and no cars are permitted.)

Shutterstock

Bull Run Regional Park

Copy Link

There are three trails in this Northern Virginia Park: the Bull Run Occoquan Trail, the Bluebell Trail, and the White Trail. It features picnic areas, a swimming pool, a playground, campgrounds, and a mini-golf course.

Shutterstock

Mount Vernon Trail

Copy Link

The 18-mile, multi-use Mount Vernon Trail can be reached by foot, bicycle, car, and public transportation. It provides impressive views of the D.C. skyline and extends through Alexandria, Virginia.

The Washington Post/Getty Images

Shenandoah National Park

Copy Link

Spanning 80,000 acres, Shenandoah National Park includes a waterfall hike called Whiteoak Canyon and a rather challenging hike called Little Devils Stairs. It has more than 500 miles of hiking trails in all.

Shutterstock

Great Falls Park

Copy Link

Take in the impressive waterfalls at Great Falls, situated a quick drive way from D.C. in Northern Virginia. It makes for a good day trip for families and a nice place to exercise.

Shutterstock

Anacostia Riverwalk Trail

Copy Link

Located on both sides of the Anacostia River, this recently built trail accommodates pedestrians and bikers. It offers pretty views of the river and D.C.’s east side.

Shutterstock

Harpers Ferry

Shutterstock

More than 60 miles away from the District, Harpers Ferry in West Virginia offers sights and sounds of nature around a historic town. Visitors can access the C&O Canal Trail and roughly 20 miles of trails, including some more challenging climbs.

Shutterstock

Sugarloaf Mountain

Shutterstock

Expect a wide variety of animals and flora in this Maryland location. You can scale nearly 1,300 feet to the summit of the mountain, although there are relatively flat trails around it.

Shutterstock

Greenbelt Park

Shutterstock

With over nine miles of trails, this park is great for hiking, camping, and bird watching. It’s also Metro accessible and approximately 12 miles away from D.C.

Shutterstock

Rock Creek Park

Shutterstock

As D.C.’s biggest park, Rock Creek Park is one of the best places for hiking within the District. It boasts more than 30 miles of trails as well as well as a Nature Center, a planetarium, and picnic areas. (And it’s connected to the National Zoo.)

Shutterstock

Glover-Archbold Trail

You’ll find an escape from the high energy of the city on the Glover-Archbold Trail. It’s a great spot for picnicking and running, in part because it’s easily accessible.

Capital Crescent Trail

Suitable for hiking or biking, the Capital Crescent Trail stretches from Georgetown to Silver Spring, Maryland across roughly 11 miles. It’s roughly split between D.C. and Montgomery County.

Theodore Roosevelt Island

Shutterstock

Located on the Potomac River, Theodore Roosevelt Island provides a quick retreat from the city and views of D.C.’s west side. (No bicycles and no cars are permitted.)

Shutterstock

Bull Run Regional Park

Shutterstock

There are three trails in this Northern Virginia Park: the Bull Run Occoquan Trail, the Bluebell Trail, and the White Trail. It features picnic areas, a swimming pool, a playground, campgrounds, and a mini-golf course.

Shutterstock

Mount Vernon Trail

The Washington Post/Getty Images

The 18-mile, multi-use Mount Vernon Trail can be reached by foot, bicycle, car, and public transportation. It provides impressive views of the D.C. skyline and extends through Alexandria, Virginia.

The Washington Post/Getty Images

Shenandoah National Park

Shutterstock

Spanning 80,000 acres, Shenandoah National Park includes a waterfall hike called Whiteoak Canyon and a rather challenging hike called Little Devils Stairs. It has more than 500 miles of hiking trails in all.

Shutterstock

Great Falls Park

Shutterstock

Take in the impressive waterfalls at Great Falls, situated a quick drive way from D.C. in Northern Virginia. It makes for a good day trip for families and a nice place to exercise.

Shutterstock

Anacostia Riverwalk Trail

Shutterstock

Located on both sides of the Anacostia River, this recently built trail accommodates pedestrians and bikers. It offers pretty views of the river and D.C.’s east side.

Shutterstock