Outdoor Activities in Washington DC

Ah, the great outdoors. Whether your idea of a successful outing involves hiking, boating, sports or simply spreading a blanket and enjoying the sunshine, Washington has something to offer. From the canal paths along the Potomac to the sprawling beauty of Rock Creek Park to the Billy Goat trail and the dozens of parks right in the middle of the city, there are endless outdoor options at your disposal. And DC weather is usually pretty cooperative.

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Biking the Monuments

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Enjoy a number of monuments along this scenic loop... read more

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Billygoat Trail

Drink in the sights and sounds along this 4-mile circuit, which varies in intensity and is a favorite among area hikers... read more

Capital Crescent Trail

Water Street Northwest

This well-maintained trail, one of the most popular in the area, connects the suburbs and Northwest DC and stretches over 10 miles... read more

Rock Creek to Maryland Bike Route

5200 Glover Road NW

27 miles of bike and pedestrian path... read more

Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail

c/o Potomac Heritage Partnership, Inc.
1623 28th Street, NW

Connecting the Potomac River to the Laurel highlands... read more

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Appalachian Trail - Virginia

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Hike a local stretch of this beautiful, 2,150 mile footpath... read more

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Gambrill Mill Trail

This half-mile hike through a Civil War battlefield offers glorious glimpses of nature... read more

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Worthington Farm Trail

Interpretive brochures for the Worthington Farm Trail are available from the Gambrill Mill Visitor Center... read more

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Turkey Run Trail

Virginia's piedmont area of gently rolling hills is evident along this path... read more

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Brown's Farm Trail

Brown's Farm Trail is an excellent environmental education walk, with a fascinating history... read more

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Red Maple Trail

Red Maple is a handy connector trail, but users should be aware that one short section is steep... read more

Jack's Boats

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3500 K Street NW

Kayak and canoe rentals... read more

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3509 Carlin Springs Rd
Bailey's Crossroads

Southwest Waterfront Sailing (cruises and lessons)

600 Water St SW

Sailing cruises and lessons on the Southwest Waterfront... read more

Spirit Cruises

Pier 4
(6th & Water streets Southwest)

Dine and dance cruises... read more

Washington Canoe Club

3700 K St Northwest

Experienced paddlers only... read more
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