hiking trails near d.c.

Hiking Trails Near D.C.

June 4th is National Trails Day and a great chance to get outside as a family to explore hiking trails near D.C. Breathe in the fresh air, chat about the wildlife, capture photos, inspect insects and put the screens aside. Here’s our list of local parks and hiking trails near D.C.

District of Columbia



Hiking Tips

This list of hiking trails near D.C. lean towards the beginner level but includes hikes of all levels of difficulty. Whenever hiking, but especially with kids, know your limits and take your time. A few tips for hiking with kids:

  • Be sure to check out the website before choosing a hike, there may be pertinent info you need to know
  • Choose short, easy trails to start kids off
  • Find a trail that matches the needs of the least experienced hiker in your party
  • Bring plenty of water
  • Bring snacks (granola bars, nuts and fruit are all great trail food)
  • Dress appropriately, with comfortable and durable footwear (don’t wear brand new boots on a long hike!)
  • Bring sunscreen, hats and bug spray
  • Make sure trails are dog-friendly before bringing along your furry friend

Some things to consider when choosing the trail you’re going to hike are:

  • Trail length
  • Incline
  • The age, ability and comfort of your party
  • The temperature on that day, and what it will be like in 3 hours
  • Elevation


Closest Beaches to D.C.

5 Ways to Get Your Teen to Thrive Outdoors

Enjoy a Nature Poetry Walk With Your Kids