District of Columbia Trails

Rock Creek Park

Rock Creek Park is a favorite spot for morning runners. 

Washington, D.C., located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S., is home to historic as well as picturesque landscapes and a great place for hikers and backpackers alike.

The District of Columbia has three major naturally flowing bodies of water: the Potomac River, the Anacostia River, and Rock Creek. The highest point in the District of Columbia is 410 feet, at Fort Reno in the Tenleytown neighborhood.

Much of the area is managed by the National Park Service, including Rock Creek Park — a 1,754-acre city park dotted with meadows and streams that was authorized in 1890, making it the 3rd national park to be designated by the federal government and a great place for hiking near D.C.. 

The editors at Backpacker have created an extensive collection of popular trails and trips for hiking and backpacking in and around Washington, D.C.