Explore DC's back roads - miles of trails through wooded parks
Here is a chance to really get off the beaten track. If you feel like a change from the typical guided tour or are just looking for a refreshing way to spend the day, a hike through one of DC's many beautiful parks may be just the ticket.
Our hike takes us through the beautiful woods of Glover Archbold Park. The total distance is a little less than 4 miles. We end the hike at the historic C & O Canal, which dates back to 1831.
We can time the walk so you are in Georgetown for lunch or for dinner.
Our hike starts at the north end of Glover Archbold park. We follow an old stream bed through the woods, crossing a few local streets. With a little luck, we may catch a glimpse of a fox or deer. (This is the same trail that Silent Spring author Rachel Carson would take to go birdwatching in the 1950s. )
The trail is a dirt path with an occasional hill. ATHLETIC SHOES, WALKING SHOES or HIKING SHOES are a must. We may have to navigate obstacles such as a fallen tree or a large mud puddle.
We stay on the trail till it ends at the old C&O Canal towpath in Georgetown. (A popular spot for local walks and bike rides). The towpath takes us down to a park by the Potomac River. You can stay there or we can continue another few blocks to M Street in Georgetown where there are many places to shop, drink and eat.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We meet up outside the Tenleytown Metro station in front of the Starbucks near the northeast corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Albermarle Street. The Tenleytown Metro station is on the Red Line of the Washington area Metro system. The Metro system is accessible from almost anywhere in the city and most of the suburbs.
End location: We end the tour in Georgetown - either at the Waterfront complex (restaurants and views) or on M Street (restaurants and shopping) - whichever is your preference.
Duration: 3 hours
A heavy snowstorm will make the hike extremely difficult. A heavy rain would make the trail too muddy to be much fun.
This is a real hiking tour.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
5 Dollars - $5.00 will cover the cost of an optional bottle of water and snack at the beginning of the tour. The tour ends in Georgetown. If you want to stay in Georgetown to have lunch or dinner or shop, please plan to bring at least $25.00 in cash or your credit card.