Follow the white blazes at the symbolic halfway point of the Appalachian Trail and soak in some history.
Stretch your legs on a short loop hike and climb some natural rock outcrops at the King and Queen Seat
Experience the best of what Maryland has to offer in less than 8 miles in Catoctin Mountain Park.
Get a quick dose of nature on a family-friendly hike that is surprisingly colorful.
Take the lesser-traveled route up one of Shenandoah National Park's most storied peaks.
Tour the best of the Appalachians on this easy two-nighter.
Centuries-old settler ruins and fabulous forest overlooks make this quiet 4.7-mile loop one of the best dayhikes within an hour's drive of downtown D.C.
Escape on a 5-mile loop through Catoctin Mountain Park, where healthy hardwoods, unique fungi, and a host of fauna conceal this area's industrial past.
March 4.2 miles back in time to July 21, 1861, where General Stonewall Jackson led an epic battle on this ground at Manassas National Battlefield Park.
In just a weekend, you can travel from wooded ridges to gentle peaks to quiet hollows on this 16.5-mile lasso in George Washington National Forest.
Spin your wheels on twisty singletrack that whizzes over hills and across streams on this action-packed 3.1-mile loop through the renowned Schaeffer Farms.
Find your inner hermit on this 26.3-mile loop in George Washington National Forest, complete with endless scenery, heaps of wildlife, and oh-so-quiet campsites.
Immerse yourself in history as you explore long-abandoned Civil War batteries on this 6.1-mile hike to a commanding view of Harpers Ferry.
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.
This 5.3-miler in Greenbelt Park loops through a wooded urban jungle and along gentle streams, just 15 minutes from The National Mall.
Go ahead: Bag work early and swing off the Beltway for a quick 4-mile hike or trail run through the rolling piedmont of Prince William Forest Park.
Skip the tourist spots and take the bus to Greenbelt Park for a 5.4-mile loop through a quiet, leafy urban forest.
Need an after-work escape? Minutes from the capital are 5.7 miles of tranquil trails along the Potomac River and C&O Canal.
Avoid the crowds on this 3-miler that explores less-traveled trails and an old Confederate headquarters in Manassas National Battlefield Park.
This 4.5-miler runs along steep cliffs to two photogenic overlooks above an impressive waterfall on the Potomac River.
Pick a sport: fish, bird watch, or hike. Next: tour parts or all of this 5.8-mile loop for a quick getaway from the noisy Capitol City.
Stand atop The Mountain State's most famous peak.
The best hikes near Washington, DC.
In Virginia, a miracle occurs and hikers get some new wilderness, thanks to The Priest.