Washington, D.C.:

Capital Crescent Trail

Capital Crescent Trail

4940 Canal Rd NW, Washington, D.C.

Open daily


The Capital Crescent Trail is a wide, flat dirt path stretching from Georgetown to Bethesda. Approximately 7.5 miles in length, the trail features mile markers and is a popular route for runners. Some cyclists do utilize the trail, but the surface may be inappropriate for road bikes, so approach with caution. Getting onto the path from Georgetown is as easy as crossing the pedestrian bridge at 34th Street and Water Street, which is in the heart of the bustling shopping district. The Capital Crescent Trail is an out-and-back route along the C & O Canal, and while it may not be the most scenic run in all of the District, it is quiet, uncrowded, and offers a soft surface. The trail runs through Georgetown Waterfront Park and is extremely easy to follow. Although some road bikes were spotted on the path, it would likely be better suited for commuter or mountain bikes. There is no water available along the path, so bring your own fluids.

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