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

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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.

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1. Harpers Ferry

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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.

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2. Sugarloaf Mountain

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Sugarloaf Mountain
Urbana, MD 20842

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.

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3. Greenbelt Park

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6565 Greenbelt Rd
Greenbelt, MD 20770

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.

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4. Rock Creek Park

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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.)

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5. Glover-Archbold Trail

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Glover-Archbold Trail
Washington, DC 20016

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.

6. Capital Crescent Trail

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Capital Crescent Trail
Washington, DC

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.

7. Theodore Roosevelt Island

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Theodore Roosevelt Island
Washington, DC

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.)

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8. Bull Run Regional Park

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7700 Bull Run Dr
Centreville, VA 20121

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.

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9. Mount Vernon Trail

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Mt Vernon Trail
Alexandria, VA

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.

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10. Shenandoah National Park

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3655 US-211
Luray, VA 22835

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.

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11. Great Falls Park

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9200 Old Dominion Dr
McLean, VA 22102
(703) 757-3101
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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.

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12. Anacostia Riverwalk Trail

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Anacostia Riverwalk Trail
Washington, DC

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.

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1. Harpers Ferry

Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
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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.

2. Sugarloaf Mountain

Sugarloaf Mountain, Urbana, MD 20842
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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.

Sugarloaf Mountain
Urbana, MD 20842

3. Greenbelt Park

6565 Greenbelt Rd, Greenbelt, MD 20770
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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.

6565 Greenbelt Rd
Greenbelt, MD 20770

4. Rock Creek Park

Washington, DC 20008
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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.)

5. Glover-Archbold Trail

Glover-Archbold Trail, Washington, DC 20016

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.

Glover-Archbold Trail
Washington, DC 20016

6. Capital Crescent Trail

Capital Crescent Trail, Washington, DC

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.

Capital Crescent Trail
Washington, DC

7. Theodore Roosevelt Island

Theodore Roosevelt Island, Washington, DC
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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.)

Theodore Roosevelt Island
Washington, DC

8. Bull Run Regional Park

7700 Bull Run Dr, Centreville, VA 20121
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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.

7700 Bull Run Dr
Centreville, VA 20121

9. Mount Vernon Trail

Mt Vernon Trail, Alexandria, VA
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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.

Mt Vernon Trail
Alexandria, VA

10. Shenandoah National Park

3655 US-211, Luray, VA 22835
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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.

3655 US-211
Luray, VA 22835

11. Great Falls Park

9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22102
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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.

9200 Old Dominion Dr
McLean, VA 22102

12. Anacostia Riverwalk Trail

Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, Washington, DC
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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.

Anacostia Riverwalk Trail
Washington, DC