Capital Crescent Trail

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Trail Distance: 11 miles
Time Estimate: 4 hr 40 min
Elevation Gain: 403 feet
Leash Rule: Unknown
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: No
Description
The Capital Crescent Trail is believed to be one the most-traveled trails in the U.S., partly because it's a major commuter route for folks who don't want to drive into the District. It's also a very popular recreational trail, and on any given weekend, you and your fur-buddy will definitely not be alone. Because it accommodates wheelchairs and strollers, a safe and uneventful walk requires attention to surroundings and other creatures, human and canine. But despite all that, the Capital Crescent is a beautiful, relatively easy hike amidst woodland and meadows and with breathtaking views of the Potomac below, with its graceful bridges.

The trailhead in DC is at Water Street NW and K Street NW, in the Georgetown Waterfront Park, while in Silver Spring it sits on Kansas Avenue. On both trailheads, signage is clear and large. Currently, and temporarily, the portion of the trail from Bethesda to Silver Spring is closed for construction of a section of the Metro railway. To access the trail in Bethesda, look for it as it crosses Bethesda Avenue at Woodmont Avenue. 

In spite of its urban character, the Capital Crescent Trail removes visitors from the hustle and bustle of the city and transports them to a nature-filled swath of green with plentiful wildlife, including deer, foxes and 3 colors of rabbits! Birds are common, including the impressive double-crested cormorants perched in the trees alongside the trail. Wildflowers, as well as planted borders and beds, line the trail, and you'll find benches for breaks with Fido. There are no restrooms at the trailheads, but the trail travels near quite a few establishments where a snack and relief can be found. Water fountains are scattered throughout the trail's route.

Four bridges provide variety and views of the C+O Canal, including the Arizona Avenue Trestle Bridge which has been refurbished for trail users. Two pawsome tunnels take hikers under highways; the Decarlia Tunnel features the work of local graffiti artists.

Whether you and your fur-baby hike the entire 11 miles, or branch off onto the Rock Creek Trail for a 22-mile loop, you'll find neverending views and furbulous spots to explore along the Capital Crescent Trail! Furbulous!

Trail Features
Forest, River, Easy Incline
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
While pups are allowed on this trail, leashes at a max of 6 feet are required. The trail is used by bicyclists and rollerbladers, all going faster than you can walk. It's also impawtant that humans have good control of the leashes and doggos.
Address
3600 Water St
Washington, DC 20007
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Address
3600 Water St
Washington, DC 20007
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours