DC is an extremely active city. I know this because a bunch of studies told me, and because every morning I wake up there’s a gaggle of runners outside my window finishing up a "quick, seven-mile morning run" before I’ve brushed my teeth.
The District is renowned for its running: between Rock Creek and the monuments, there’s no shortage of great routes to run through the capital. What most people don’t realize is that the DMV offers some amazing hikes as well. And we don’t just mean at Great Falls, either. Here are seven of the best, lesser-known hikes in the DMV area. Instead of spending this Saturday on yet another bar crawl, get in your car (or your friend’s car; and if you don’t have any friends with cars, make some) and head off to one of these hidden gems for a hike. You won’t regret it.
Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge
Distance from DC: 50-minute drive
The Mason Neck Wildlife Refuge offers visitors the chance to be completely secluded; many times hikers can walk the three-mile hike along the park's estuaries and bay beaches without running into another soul. And if the return of sunshine and warm weather has you feeling all sorts of patriotic this summer, you’re in luck: Mason Neck plays home to numerous bald eagles.