Are you an outdoor enthusiast looking to explore nature and the beauty that lives within the district?
There are many national parks for dog walkers, swimmers, campers and or joggers.
Rock Creek Park
Less than two miles from the White House, Rock Creek Park is one of the first federal parks and D.C.’s largest national park. The park spans 4.4 square miles northwest and offers horse stables, hiking trails and unique species of migratory birds.
Shenandoah National Park
Located on the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains along Skyline Drive, the Shenandoah National Park is 311 square miles long. A variety of activities including hiking trails, camping horseback riding and fishing. The challenging Old Rag Mountain features a challenging rock scramble.
Theodore Roosevelt Island
This particular park sits on an island in the middle of the Potomac River between D.C. and Arlington. Theodore Roosevelt Island has three miles of hiking trails passing through uplands, swamplands, forests and a memorial to Theodore Roosevelt.
Great Falls Park
Home to various rare plant life and animals, Great Falls Park features five miles of trails, rock climbing, and fishing. Only 15 miles from the Nation’s Capital, the popular park provides the opportunity to not only explore nature but history too. This park allows you a scenic view of the Potomac River rushing over massive rocks and boulders, flowing through the Mather Gorge.
Catoctin Mountain Park and Cunningham Falls State Park
Get the best of both worlds, while sitting and enjoying the view of national and state park. Home to Maryland’s highest waterfall at 78 feet, this park has camping, canoeing, and kayaking.
Crispus Attucks Park
Located near the U Street and Bloomingdale neighborhoods, this urban park is known for it’s isolated feel. Crispus Attacks Park is surrounded by lots of green scenics, benches, and trails.