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!