Hey Washington! I hope that you and your family are healthy and safe.
With school and work schedules being adjusted, the Coronavirus outbreak is affecting our daily way of life. Medical authorities are advising social distancing to slow the spread of the disease. In light of this news, we are suspending the publishing of our Weekend Events calendar until further notice.
Get the latest updates at coronavirus.dc.gov.
At the same time, we recognize that we can’t just hibernate for the next month without giving ourselves cabin fever!
Here are some of our favorite hiking trails throughout the Washington, DC region. You can enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors without compromising the social distancing practices that are recommended by experts.
If you need a buddy, I recommend checking out the Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group on MeetUp.com. This 25,000 member group provides opportunities for people to experience the great outdoor adventures that are right here in our backyard just waiting to be explored.
And remember: Wash your hands!
Hashawha Environmental Area Trails
The surprisingly deep and quiet woods, gentle hills, the opportunity to see a fox or hawk hunting, the possibility of spotting a beaver in the stream, and the stream bottomland all combine to make this a hike a crowd favorite.
Website | Trailhead Address: 300 John Owings Rd. Westminster, MD
Rock Creek Park Central and Southern Trails
Rock Creek Park is truly a gem in our nation’s capital. This 1,754-acre city park was officially authorized in 1890, making it the third national park to be designated by the federal government. It offers visitors the opportunity to escape the bustle of the city and find a peaceful refuge, recreation, fresh air, majestic trees, wild animals, and thousands of years of human history.
Website | Trailhead Address: 2401 Tilden St NW, Washington, DC 20008
Gunpowder Falls State Park: Hereford Area
Established in 1959 to protect the Gunpowder River and the Big and Little Gunpowder Falls, Gunpowder Falls State Park is now one of Maryland’s largest state parks. Covering over 18,000 acres in Harford and Baltimore Counties, Gunpowder’s narrow corridors host a varied topography ranging from tidal wetlands to steep and rugged slopes. Gunpowder features more than 120 miles of multi-use trails, protected state Wildlands, historic sites, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, a swimming beach and a marina.
Website | Trailhead Address: 2813 Jerusalem Road Kingsville, MD 21087
Rachel Carson Conservation Area
This hidden gem is densely populated by numerous species of wildlife, high-quality forest and features spectacular rock and massive boulder out-cropping throughout the park.
This area remains undeveloped for some of the best hiking trails around! The Hawlings River passes through the park and almost the entire hike is along this beautiful river where the temperature drops making this a fantastic hike for hot weather.
Website | Trailhead Address: 22201 Zion Road Olney, MD 20833
Lake Needwood Trails
Natural surface trails follow the shoreline of Lake Needwood in Rock Creek Regional Park and also meander through the adjoining forest. Rock Creek Regional Park offers many activities including boating on Lake Needwood, archery, picnic shelters and golf.
Website | Trailhead Address: 15700 Needwood Lake Circle, Rockville, MD 20855
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