DC has something of a secret hideout that most runners, riders, and sometimes roller-bladers (yup), take advantage of every day – Rock Creek Park (RCP). Weekends will find these trails the busiest, and for now, Saturday and Sunday happen to be the only days of the week that bring sunshine to a workout around here (c’mon Spring! Bring on that 6 a.m. sunrise!).
I have heard tales of trail-running, and even hiking groups, that take on the less-traveled paths in RCP. They stay away from the high-traffic paved trail and closed-off streets (no cars on the weekends!), and stick to what this national park was initially intended for. The outdoorsy type get their hit of endorphins from stepping right off of a busy DC street – from our side, Connecticut Ave – and right into tall trees, natural streams and the feeling that you’re suddenly miles from a city.
It took us 5 minutes to get to these trail heads; they are literally in our ‘backyard’. Add to the list of reasons I love DC, #1002.
Really, these trails will make for an amazing trail run (what took me so long?! Geeze), and are great for a sunny-day walk. We’ve been a little bit spoiled by the “hiking” verb, so I’m not sure I’d stack this adventure into that category. But, either way, it was the ideal way to spend a Sunday afternoon with D & a friend.
RCP*, I’m lucky to be your friend. Thanks for sticking around all these years!
What got you outside over the weekend?
Any other cities with ‘get-aways’ that the locals know all about?
*RCP history, via the National Park Service.