Scott’s Run Nature Preserve, Virginia (Photo: Renee Sklarew)
Washington, D.C., may be a bustling urban center, but it is surrounded by green spaces and natural wonders that offer settings for every type of outdoor interest for participants of every fitness level. So many, in fact, that the choices may seem overwhelming.
Luckily, hiking fans (and would-be hikers) can turn to Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper, who share their expertise and advice on choosing just the right trails in the region in their book, the third edition of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Washington, D.C. (Menasha Ridge Press). Join them for great suggestions on how to fill your fall with excursions to some of the most interesting, scenic, and historic hiking locations our area offers.
For example, do terrific views make your hike? Learn why you should head to Rock Creek’s Boulder Bridge trail right in the city or Maryland’s Calvert Cliffs. Looking for trails that offer a taste of history or notable attractions? Get the details on hiking Roosevelt Island and the amazing diversity of species that make their home in the McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area in Poolesville.
Hiking with the family? Find out why kids are fans of Black Hills Regional Park in northern Montgomery County, and why dog lovers head to Scott’s Run in McLean. Ready for a challenge? Difficult Run Trail rewards hikers with gorgeous views of the Potomac and the vista from Cow Hoof Rock on the Virginia side of Great Falls Park. Or perhaps the 8-mile loop at Maryland’s Catoctin Mountain Park is calling you.
Sklarew and Cooper provide many more valuable tips for hikers—and all participants take home a copy of their book.
Listen to Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper’s interview on the Not Old Better podcast with host Paul Vogelzang.