Spring is here. Time to dust off your trainers and hit the trails. Hundreds of miles of hiking and walking trails traverse the Washington, DC area, providing you with ample opportunity to get out and enjoy nature—all within a day-trip of home.
Don’t want to get in the car? The beautiful Rock Creek Park is a metro ride away. Feeling like an adventure? Visit Old Rag for a rewarding day of hiking one of Virginia’s most popular trails. Or hop on the Appalachian Trail and meet some of the people who commit to hiking the whole 2,160 miles every year.
If you need help finding the perfect trail, “60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC” is a fabulous compilation of every hiking trail in the metro area, and a must-have resource for nature lovers looking for something fun and different for their weekend adventure. Trails.com is another resource for finding local hikes online.
If you don’t want to hike alone, these five hiking clubs go out almost every weekend.
- Capital Hiking Club
- Appalachian Mountain Club, Washington, DC Chapter
- American Hiking Society
- Northern Virginia Hiking Club
- Sierra Club, Washington, DC Chapter
Whatever your skill level, there are ample easily accessible hiking and walking trails in the area for you. So get out there and walk the winter off.