You don't even have to leave D.C. to experience the 32 miles of hiking trails Rock Creek Park has to offer. The two primary trails include the Western Ridge Trail, which parallels the western side of the park, and the Valley Trail, which parallels Rock Creek and Beach Drive. Most of the other trails are connectors, connecting the Valley Trail with the Western Ridge Trail.
This 1300-acre, lake-oriented park features a mostly paved 4.3 mile Black Hill Trail, over 10 miles of natural surface trails, and a water trail on Little Seneca Lake. Trails offer amazing views of the lake, and lead you through oak and hickory forests.
The east side of the park features beautiful vistas, challenging terrain, and access to Cunningham Falls. The west side of the park is the wilder side. Hikers are more likely to see wildlife, wetlands, and an up-close view of nature. The park's picnic areas and campgrounds connect with the west side trails.
Great Falls Park is an 800-acre park along the Potomac River with 15 miles of scenic hiking trails, some of which are multi-use for biking and horseback riding. Hikers can see gorgeous vistas and explore the falls from the Maryland and the Virginia sides of the river. Great Falls Park is home to The Billy Goat Trail, one of the most challenging hiking trails in the Washington, D.C. area.
Bull Run Regional Park contains miles of scenic and historic hiking trails, including the trailhead for the 19.7 mile Bull Run Occoquan Trail. Located in Centreville, Virginia, Bull Run Regional Park has hiking trails, picnic areas, campgrounds, and a waterpark. It's the perfect place to bring the family for a day of outdoorsy fun.
Sugarloaf Mountain, a conservation/recreation area that is privately owned, but open to the public for activities like hiking, horseback riding, picnicking and nature study. The mountain includes three hiking trails, a 2.5 mile, 5 mile or a 7 mile loop and one horseback riding trail.
This 7.8 mile natural surface trail offers views of the Great Seneca Creek. You walk through beautiful woodlands and get a spectacular view of the stream valley. Historic points of interest include the former sites of Middlebrook Mills and the Watkins Mill. The mill race associated with Watkins Mill can still be seen.
Shenandoah National Park has over 500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Some trails lead to a waterfall or viewpoint; others lead you deep into the forest and wilderness. Just 75 miles outside of busy D.C., Shenandoah National Park has beautiful waterfalls and vistas. Take a drive along Skyline Drive and take in all spectacular scenery that Shenandoah has to offer.
37 miles of hiking trails lead you through the 15,000-acre Prince William Forest Park. With 16 hiking trails ranging from easy to difficult, there is a hike for everyone. There is no shortage of activities at Prince William Forest park, from hiking, camping, to biking, bring the whole family and make a day out of it.