Best Walking / Biking Trails In The DC Area

January 28, 2011 3:32 AM

Capital Crescent Trail

Capital Crescent Trail (

The Capital Crescent Trail


Capital Crescent Trail

Capital Crescent Trail (

The Capital Crescent trail is a 13 mile paved trail connecting Georgetown and Bethesda. Whether you want to bike, walk, rollerblade, or take a dog for a scenic walk. This trail provides a tree covered adventure with plenty of destinations to fill a whole weekend, or a safe route for commuting.

The Washington & Old Dominion Trail


The Washington & Old Dominion Trail is 45 miles of nine foot wide trail that spans through several Northern Virginia Counties. The Washington and Old Dominion trail starts in the Shirlington area of Arlington County, just off I-395 Exit 6, and ends “way-out” in rural Purcellville, VA although it can be crowded on certain days due to its popularity. This is a great way to spend a weekend, or a day getting to know Northern Virginia passing through smaller towns like Falls Church and Leesburg, and high-tech centers such as Reston and Herndon.

The BWI Trail


The BWI Trail is a 11 mile loop that encircles the BWI airport. Even though it’s extremely close to the runways this trail is surprisingly peaceful. The ride through Friendship Park’s young pine forest is very pleasant. Andover Park, at the north side of the airport, provides a great overlook of the general aviation runway. Make sure to bring snacks and water though because restaurants or rest areas are nowhere to be found.

The Rock Creek Trail


The Rock Creek trail is a paved span of 20 miles through southern Montgomery County. Although this area is mostly urbanized, the trail follows a mainly wooded route along the Rock Creek stream valley. As a result, the trail provides a nice traffic-free route between Rockville and the Bethesda/Silver Spring business districts. Note that there is a lack of trail signage which will make it tricky to navigate the first time out. It is still a great ride offering many connections to other trails like the Zoo review (20 Miles,) Little Fletcher (45 miles,) and Tkacyks’ All Terrain Century (104 Miles.)

The C&O Canal Toe Path

The C&O Canal Toe Path is a 184 mile route that is incredibly Scenic. It spans all the Way from Georgetown to Ohio, but the 15 mile marker at Great Falls National Park is a great place to start. The path is loose gravel which is fine for walking, and off road bikes. There are a lot of historical lock houses along this route which will give you a tour, or show you how Watergates were used. Lock House six at mile six will allow you to stay overnight and give you a taste of how life was back in the day. There are a few rest areas with snack bars along this route, and meets the Capital Crescent trail at Fletchers Boat house.