60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC: Including Alexandria, Frederick, and Leesburg

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From in-town urban hikes and walks to scenic suburban forays to world-class area wilderness hikes, Washington, D.C. offers great opportunities for nature-lovers. This book guides locals and visitors to the wealth of possibilities here for every season, including a ridgetop trek on Massanutten Mountain, a leisurely walk through Prince William Forest Park, and a breathtaking tour of the 7.5-mile U.S. National Arboretum with its dwarf conifer forests, dawn redwoods, and Fern Valley. Detailed profiles of each site ...
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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Washington, D.C.: Includes Suburban and Outlying Areas of Maryland and Virginia

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From in-town urban hikes and walks to scenic suburban forays to world-class area wilderness hikes, Washington, D.C. offers great opportunities for nature-lovers. This book guides locals and visitors to the wealth of possibilities here for every season, including a ridgetop trek on Massanutten Mountain, a leisurely walk through Prince William Forest Park, and a breathtaking tour of the 7.5-mile U.S. National Arboretum with its dwarf conifer forests, dawn redwoods, and Fern Valley. Detailed profiles of each site help readers determine the best hike according to length, time needed, difficulty, and scenery. The book covers special interests too — hikes that are sure to please children, wildlife enthusiasts, history buffs, waterfall watchers, and much more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897325554
  • Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2006
  • Series: 60 Hikes within 60 Miles
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 310
  • Sales rank: 682,404
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Elliott, a writer and editor by profession, relishes exploring the Washington, DC metro area on foot; devising new hikes and modifying traditional ones in both the city and wilderness; and leading group outings as a volunteer leader for the Appalachian Mountain Club, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, and Sierra Club. He resides in Alexandria, Virginia.
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For a short and exotic urban hike that's wonderfully non-urban, visit Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and Park, on the Anacostia River near the Prince George's County line. There you'll find gorgeous water-lily ponds, a plant-and-wildlife-rich tidal marsh, wildflower-infested woodlands, and a lovely air of serenity.

As the only National Park Service (NPS) unit devoted to aquatic plants, the park is an intriguing blend of garden and mini-wilderness. Water lilies from several continents fill a 12-acre area of diked ponds (the garden part). Cattails, sedges, American lotus, wild rice and other mostly native plants flourish in the 50-acre marsh and adjoining woods (the wilderness area).

This 2.5-mile hike covers both the gardens and woods. The first leg is a brisk out-and-back excursion of 1.5 miles on a woodland trail. The second leg is a stroll through about half of the lily-pond area. The third is an out-and-back trip on a boardwalk that goes deep into the marsh (take binoculars). The fourth covers the rest of the pond area.

In planning a trip to Kenilworth, remember that the water-lily blooming season lasts from May until September, with color lingering into November. The hardy lilies, which stay outside year-round, have blooms that open during the day and are at their peak in June and July. The lotuses and other tropical lilies, which winter in greenhouses, are at their flowering best in July and August. They include both day bloomers and night bloomers. On a morning visit, you'll see-and smell-the day bloomers as they open and the night bloomers before they close. Remember, too, that the park can be glorious at just about any time of year. I especially recommend usingan early morning in winter to watch the sun rise over the marsh and its waterfowl.
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Table of Contents


(1) Introduction
(2) American Chestnut Land Trust Lands
(3) AT: Keys Gap to Weverton
(4) AT: Weverton to Gathland State Park
(5) AT: Interstate 70 to Turners Gap
(6) Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve and Evergreen Mills Parklands
(7) Black Hill Regional Park
(8) Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship
(9) Brookland
(10) Bull Run-Occoquan Trail
(11) C&O Canal Towpath: Carderock to Great Falls
(12) C&O Canal Towpath: Rileys Lock to Swains Lock
(13) C&O Canal Towpath: Monocacy River Aqueduct to Calico Rocks
(14) C&O Canal Towpath: Washington to Sandy Hook
(15) Capital Crescent Trail
(16) Catoctin Mountain Park and Cunningham Falls State Park
(17) Columbia Island
(18) Cosca Regional Park
(19) Fraser Preserve
(20) Glover-Archbold and other Northwest Trails
(21) Greenbelt's Green Belt
(22) Holmes Run Parklands
(23) Huntley Meadows Park
(24) Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and Park
(25) Lake Accotink Park
(26) Lake Artemesia Park and Northeast Branch Trail
(27) Leesylvania State Park
(28) Lincoln Memorial to Lincoln Park
(29) Little Bennett Regional Park
(30) Mason Neck State Park
(31) Massanutten Mountain and Shenandoah River
(32) McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area
(33) Mount Vernon Trail and Fort Hunt Park
(34) Northwest Branch Parklands
(35) Overall Run and Heiskell Hollow
(36) Patuxent Research Refuge
(37) Patuxent River Park
(38) Piscataway Park
(39) Potomac Heritage Trail and C&O Canal Towpath
(40) Potomac Park
(41) Prince William Forest Park
(42) Red Rock WildernessOverlook Regional Park
(43) Riverbend Park and Great Falls Park
(44) Rock Creek Park: Arboreal Southern Section
(45) Rock Creek Park: Rocky Central Section
(46) Rock Creek Park: Wild Northern Section
(47) Rolling Ridge Foundation Lands and AT
(48) Roosevelt to Roosevelt
(49) Scotts Run Nature Preserve
(50) Seneca Creek State Park: Clopper Lake Section
(51) Seneca Creek State Park: Greenway Trail
(52) Sky Meadows State Park
(53) Sugarloaf Mountain
(54) Thompson Wildlife Management Area
(55) Upper Northwest Military Sights
(56) US National Arboretum
(57) Virginia State Arboretum
(58) W&OD Railroad Regional Park
(59) Watkins Regional Park
(60) Wildcat Mountain Nature Area
(61) Winkler Botanic Preserve
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2010

    60 Hikes-DC

    This is a good book to help explore DC and surrounding areas. With DC, Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland all in the area, it is not easy to find all this information in one place. The directions are sometimes hard to follow, and it would be helpful if they would just put addresses or even GPS coordinates instead of written directions.

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