D.C. September 22, 2017
by Maura This Is The Newest Hiking Trail In DC And It’s Incredible
DC is a walker and biker’s paradise. It’s relatively flat and we have great bike trails, jogging trails and walking trails all over the city. And more are popping up all the time. The newest trail in DC has a fascinating history and a truly unique story. The Klingle Valley Trail is finally open, and it is positively amazing. Here’s what you should know.
The Klingle Valley Trail had it’s official ribbon cutting ceremony in late June. It’s been a project that was 25 years in the making.
The Klingle Valley has long been in existence in DC. Kringle Road used to run through it. However, in 1991, severe flooding closed the road. It sat in disrepair for years.
Part of the reason the road sat in disrepair was because of politics. There was one faction that wanted the road to be reopened for cars and another that wanted the road to be reserved for bikers, walkers, and joggers. The debate dragged on through the administrations of six DC mayors and five United States presidents.
After decades of back and forth, it was determined Klingle Road would be turned into a hiking trail and in 2015, construction on the trail began.
Today the trail is a beautiful .7-mile path that meanders through Woodley Park, Cleveland Park, and Mount Pleasant before ending at Rock Creek. It also connects to the Tregaron Conservancy and it’s trail network.
The trail is lined with retaining walls to protect it from flooding and is lit by 52 LED dark-sky streetlights, making it easier for evening and night bikers or joggers to use the trail. There are also benches along the trail for anyone who wants to take a break.
City officials and trail lovers hope that the trail will encourage more people to park their cars and use bikes or walk to get through the city.
Klingle Valley Trail is an excellent example of how DC is a green and walkable city. This trail is the perfect place for urban dwellers to enjoy nature.
Will you be exploring Klingle Valley Trail soon?
If you love trails, check out these beautiful bike trails in DC!
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