Washington DC Walks

Statue of Mahatma Ghandi in walking mode installed adjacent to Embassy Row -  Massachusetts Ave. NW near Dupont Circle.

Statue of Mahatma Ghandi in walking mode installed adjacent to Embassy Row – Massachusetts Ave. NW near Dupont Circle.

The best long distance walking path in the Washington DC area  is the C&O Canal National Park. Except for a short stretch through lower Georgetown where the water is often low and litter occasionally piles up, the C&O Canal on the Maryland side of the Potomac River is a splendid stretch of Nature’s Bounty.  You can walk nearly 200 miles without turning around in this National Park.  

On the opposite side of the Potomac, the path along The Pawtowmack Canal also known as the Great Falls Canal on the Virginia side of the Potomac River isn’t as well known.  Segments of this canal were built on the instruction of George Washington and never completed. Kayakers not yet ready for the really challenging river rapids use the canal on the Virginia side for skill development.
 
Rock Creek Park  offers the serene pleasures of a rare urban forest accessible by public transport. Consult maps before deciding which Metro station or bus line to use for access to Rock Creek Park.
The Capital Crescent Trail is usually busy on weekends, but just a few blocks from Bethesda Metro station.
Virginia’s northern suburbs offer the urban hiker many choices: the WD&O trail, the Mount Vernon Trail and Huntley- Meadows Park The Potomac-Appalachian Trail Club maintains the  Bull Run-Occoquan Trail in Virginia
 
A few of these trail networks are extensive, long enough for multi-day excursions with overnight stays in nearby inns, motels or camping.  Pick short segments suitable for half day and day hikes.
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