Here’s Washington DC’s Top Outdoor Attraction…And You’ll Definitely Want To Do It

Rock Creek Park in DC is the oasis every DC resident needs to visit. One of the most beautiful parks in the DC area, this enchanted oasis features peace and quiet, fantastic hiking trails, plenty of history, fun programs, wild animals, and much, much more. Read on to find out why we think it’s DC’s top outdoor attraction.

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July 22, 2022

What are the most beautiful hikes in DC?

Washington DC may not be known for it, but one of DC’s best-kept secrets is that there are some truly stunning hiking trails around DC that will lead you to some incredibly scenic spots. If you’re up for the challenge, the 28-mile Anacostia Riverwalk Trail will lead you from DC to Maryland in along one of the most popular paved trails in DC. For a short and sweet stroll, take the 0.7-mile Klingle Valley Trail through Woodley Park, Cleveland Park, and Mount Pleasant.

What are the most easily accessible hikes in DC?

Due to its relatively flat landscape, DC is full of easily accessible hiking trails. Many of these trails are biking trails around DC, and one of the most popular is the Mount Vernon Trail, an 18-mile trail connecting Roosevelt Island to Mount Vernon.

Which state parks should I visit in DC?

Since you’re only a hop, skip, and a jump away from both Maryland and Virginia’s beautiful state parks, it’s worth carving out some time to explore some of these state parks near DC.  Maryland’s Seneca Creek State Park is less than an hour away from DC and features 6,300 acres of natural beauty to explore. In Virginia, you’ll find excellent beginner-friendly trails and mountain views at Sky Meadows State Park. Expect a longer drive (an hour and a half from DC) but the peaceful meadows and Appalachian Mountain views are worth it.