Binta Robinson: Top Biking Trails in the Washington, D.C. Area

Binta Robinson is a native of Washington, D.C. and enjoys biking. The greater Washington, D.C. region features a unique blend of natural beauty and history, making it an ideal location to explore by bicycle. Here is a short list of some of the best bike trails in the Washington, D.C. area.

The Mount Vernon Trail: Situated just across the Potomac River from the city of Washington, D.C., the Mount Vernon Trail travels along the Virginia shore of the Potomac to the famous Mount Vernon Estate. Once owned by George Washington himself, Mount Vernon serves as a can’t-miss landmark and one of the most popular historical sites in the country. The trail itself, which has earned the widespread acclaim of area cyclists, is an 18-mile trek that contains a wide variety of natural scenery and historical landmarks. The trail is mostly flat with the occasional hill, making it a highly accessible ride for beginners and experts alike.

The Capital Crescent Trail: Another popular trail among cycling enthusiasts in the Washington, D.C. area, the Capital Crescent Trail extends from Georgetown along the Potomac River and C&O Canal before veering northwest into the town of Bethesda. Cyclists traveling along the Capital Crescent Trail can enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the American Northeast before reaching a series of upscale neighborhood and expansive country clubs. The trail itself measures 13 miles in length and features a variety of terrain.

The Washington & Old Dominion Trail: Commonly referred to as W&OD or “Wad,” the Washington & Old Dominion trail explores the lush landscape of the counties in the northern part of Virginia. At 45 miles, the trail is one of the longer ones in the D.C. area and requires a certain level of physical fitness to complete the 90-mile round trip in one day.

The Cross Island Trail: A perfect choice for beginning cyclists, the Cross Island Trail is a leisurely 10-mile round trip that takes riders across Kent Island in the Chesapeake Bay. The trail begins in the Terrapin Nature Area across from Sandy Point beach and continues along a wide, paved trail before reaching Kent Narrows along the coastline.