Washington, DC: Little Bennett Regional Park

Swing off the Beltway for a 9.2-mile loop through the boggy lowlands, grassy meadows, and open ridges of this once-bustling historic valley.
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Swing off the Beltway for a 9.2-mile loop through the boggy lowlands, grassy meadows, and open ridges of this once-bustling historic valley.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 14.2

Waypoints

LBT001

Location: 39.265941619873, -77.280143737793

Head .2 mi E on gravel road to Beaver Valley Trail on L; stay L @ next three Y intersections (blue blazes)

LBT002

Location: 39.2596817016602, -77.283821105957

Straight @ T; after another .2 mi., L @ T onto Froggy Hollow Schoolhouse Trail. Cross Clarksburg Rd. in .5 mi.

LBT003

Location: 39.2599983215332, -77.2695083618164

Kingsley Schoolhouse (1893-1935). Cross cable bridge over Little Bennett Creek; L onto wide Purdum Trail

LBT004

Location: 39.2696113586426, -77.2646408081055

L @ T onto Browning Run Trail; pass through small grassy meadow and cross Clarksburg Rd. again

LBT005

Location: 39.2749290466309, -77.2827987670898

R @ 4-way onto Tobacco Barn Trail; cross creek. Pass namesake barn, now a warped shanty on edge of upland meadow

LBT006

Location: 39.2783203125, -77.286247253418

L @ Y onto Timber Ridge Trail. Descend into stand of tulip poplars; in .7 mi., L @ Y onto Pine Grove Trail

LBT007

Location: 39.2747383117676, -77.2957077026367

From parking lot, head NW on road. After .4 mi., L @ T onto Owl Ridge Trail; quick L @ Y, following path uphill

LBT008

Location: 39.2717933654785, -77.2988586425781

L @ T onto Bennett Ridge Trail. In .4 mi., R @ T to hilltop meadow where long-beaked woodcocks roost

LBT009

Location: 39.2633094787598, -77.2962265014648

R @ T; in .4 mi., straight @ T

LBT010

Location: 39.2603797912598, -77.2900695800781

L @ T onto Bennett Ridge Trail; quick R @ T onto Beaver Valley Trail

LBT011

Location: 39.2610092163086, -77.2882690429688

L @ Y; head NW back to trailhead