D.C. October 28, 2016
9 Easy Hikes To Add To Your Outdoor Bucket List Near Washington DC
Washington DC has close proximity to incredible hiking. From beginner levels to advanced hikers, there is something for everyone. If you are looking for easy and short hikes to tackle this fall, these nine easy hikes near Washington DC are the perfect addition to your outdoor bucket list.
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1. Rapids Bridge Loop — 2 miles
This two mile loop is in Rock Creek Park and is a perfect place to spot wildlife such as foxes and deer.
2. Swamp Trail - 1.5 miles
The Swamp Trail is on Theodore Roosevelt Island and overlooks the Potomac River. On this easy trail, you can enjoy views of the natural swamplands of the island on the wide boardwalk.
3. Appalachian Trail North - 2.5 miles
In Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, just a few hours away from DC, you can hike the most level part of the Appalachian Trail.
4. Blue Blazes Whiskey Still Trail — 0.3 miles
The Blue Blazes Whiskey Still Trail is in Catoctin Mountain Park in Maryland. There was a large commercial moonshine operation here until 1929 and you can read about the dramatic raid that occurred there on placards throughout the hike.
5. Cedar Trail, Deer Trail and Heron Trail Loop - 2.1 miles
Located near in Alexandra, VA in Huntley Meadows Park, this easy loop is great for all skill levels. There’s a beautiful 500-acre marsh full of wildlife on the trail.
6. Wildlife Trail - 0.5 miles
This quick trail loop is in Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland. This wooded trail passes some wetlands and offers opportunities for wildlife sightings.
7. Henry Hill Trail - 1.3 miles
The Henry Hill Trail gives visitors a look at history. Located in Manassas Battlefield Park, this easy and short hike takes you past some of the most important locations of the fighting Bull Run during the Revolutionary War.
8. Cedarville Pond Trail - 3 miles
An hour outside of Washington DC, in Cedarville State Forest, this relatively flat trail through wooded area and has picturesque lake views.
9. Milkhouse Ford Loop - 1.7 miles
Located in Rock Creek Park, this loop is one of the quieter parts of the park that has many historical points of interest including the remains of an old Civil War fort.
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