Washington, DC: Glover-Archbold Park Loop

Need an after-work escape? Minutes from the capital are 5.7 miles of tranquil trails along the Potomac River and C&O Canal.

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Mapped by Fletcher Caldwell

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 8.6



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Head S on 41st St. In 100 yds., turn R onto Beecher St. for 100 yds., then L onto 42nd St. for 100 ft. to trail on R


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Follow trail as it winds SW. In .1 mi., stay R @ Y


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Turn R @ T onto Glover-Archbold Trail that runs N into the park


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L @ 4-way onto Wesley Heights Trail. Ahead, cross two streams in .2 mi.


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Cross 44th St. to wooded park on opposite side; continue W


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Stay straight, heading W. In 100 yds., carefully cross busy Foxhall Rd.


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Walk across 49th St. into Battery Kemble Park; reconnect with path, then turn L @ T; meander SW toward C&O Canal


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Maneuver across MacArthur Blvd.; pick up trail on L side of old schoolhouse


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Descend to tunnel under Canal Rd. In 100 ft., pass Fletcher’s Boathouse, cross over C&O Canal, and go L onto dirt towpath


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Continue SE between C&O Canal and Potomac River


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Turn R, descend stairs; take quick L after exiting tunnel. In .1 mi., pass under old streetcar trestle


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Traverse open park. In 200 yds., cross busy street, bear L, enter park


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Head N to complete loop @ WPT 3; retrace steps to stop. Last bus @ 7 p.m.