AMC's Best Day Hikes near Washington, D.C.: Four-season Guide to 50 of the Best Trails in Maryland, Virginia, and the Nation's Capital

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Discover 50 of the best day hikes in the Washington, D.C., area with this essential four-season guide from the Appalachian Mountain Club. Whether you are an outdoorsperson or visitor looking to explore the trails of Washington, D.C., Maryland, or Virginia, this book is a must-have resource for shorter walks and day-long adventures.

From a historic hike from Roosevelt Island to the Roosevelt Memorial, to a scenic excursion through the mountains of the Shenandoah National Park, ...

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AMC's Best Day Hikes near Washington, D.C.: Four-season Guide to 50 of the Best Trails in Maryland, Virginia, and the Nation's Capital

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Overview

Discover 50 of the best day hikes in the Washington, D.C., area with this essential four-season guide from the Appalachian Mountain Club. Whether you are an outdoorsperson or visitor looking to explore the trails of Washington, D.C., Maryland, or Virginia, this book is a must-have resource for shorter walks and day-long adventures.

From a historic hike from Roosevelt Island to the Roosevelt Memorial, to a scenic excursion through the mountains of the Shenandoah National Park, and a traverse along the Billy Goat Trail, this guide offers a variety of trails for all ability levels and interests.  An at-a-glance chart highlights the best hikes near public transportation, for kids, and for winter snowshoeing and skiing.

Inside You’ll Find:

50 of the best day hikes for all levels of ability
GPS coordinates to all trailheads
Locator Map and "At-a-Glance Trip Planner" for easy planning
Detailed maps showing parking areas, trails, and natural highlights
Summaries of time, distance, and difficulty level for each trail
Hiking and safety tips, including advice on what to carry in your pack
Essays about the flora, fauna, and historic landmarks of the Washington, D.C., area

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Editorial Reviews

Ann Marie Maher
“This outstanding guidebook leads readers to beautiful natural panoramas and sites of national importance. Anyone wanting to walk through history—or just go for a good walk—should carry it in their daypack.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934028391
  • Publisher: Appalachian Mountain Club Books MA
  • Publication date: 4/12/2011
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 458,715
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Mauro has lived in the Washington, D.C., area for 15 years, and hikes extensively there. He is a senior editor for Wild West magazine and a copy editor for Aviation History magazine.  

Beth Homicz has been a Washington, D.C., tour guide since 1994. A former columnist for Destinations magazine, her writing has also appeared in The Washington Post.

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Table of Contents

Maryland

Section opener

1.      Patuxent River Park (Jug Bay Natural Area Loop)/Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary/Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary

2.      Calvert Cliffs State Park

3.      Cedarville State Forest

4.      American Chestnut Land Trust

5.      Seneca Creek State Park (Clopper Lake Trail)

6.      McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area

7.      Watkins Regional Park

8.      Cosca Regional Park

9.      Patuxent Research Refuge

10.  Piscataway National Park

11.  Greenbelt National Park

12.  Lake Artemesia Natural Area/Northeast Branch Trail

13.  Catoctin Mountain National Park/Cunningham Falls State Park

14.  Antietam National Battlefield Park

15.  Sugar Loaf Mountain

16.  Gathland State Park – Washington Monument State Park – Greenbrier State Park

17.  Black Hill Regional Park (Hoyles Mill Trail)

18.  Henson Creek Stream Valley Park (Henson Creek Trail)

19.  Capital Crescent Trail (straight hike from Bethesda to DC)

20.  C&O Canal Towpath – Billy Goat Trail

21.  Woodstock Equestrian Park

22.  Little Bennett Regional Park

23.  Patapsco State Park

Washington, D.C.

Section Opener

24.  Roosevelt Island and Potomac Heritage

25.  Potomac River – Georgetown to Lincoln Memorial

26.  U.S. National Arboretum

27.  Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and Kenilworth Marsh

28.  Rock Creek Park

29.  National Zoological Park to Melvin Hazen Park

30.  East Potomac Park

31.  National Mall

Virginia

32.  Prince William Forest National Park

33.  Sky Meadows State Park

34.  Mason Neck State Park

35.  Leesylvania State Park

36.  Bull Run Mountain Natural Area

37.  Thompson Wildlife Management Area

38.  Great Falls National Park/Riverbend County Park

39.  Huntley Meadows County Park

40.  Holmes Run Parklands

41.  Winkler Botanical Preserve

42.  Fraser Preserve

43.  Wildcat Mountain Natural Area Preserve

44.  Washington & Old Dominion Trail + W&OD Trail

45.  Bull Run – Occoquan Trail

46.  Scotts Run Nature Preserve

47.  Mount Vernon Trail (straight hike form Mount Vernon to Fort Hunt County Park)

48.  Old Rag – Shenandoah National Park

49.  Harpers Ferry

50.  Manassas National Battlefield Park

Essays

John Brown & the Harpers Ferry raid
Battles of Manassas

Beginnings of the Smithsonian

Civilian Conservation Corps & its work locally
Piscataway Indians
Bald Eagle conservation
Cherry blossoms

400-year-old bonsai - National Arboretum
Water lilies & lotuses
American Chestnut blight
How the Calvert Cliffs were formed
Beaver dams
Geology of Great Falls

 

Back matter

Appendix A

Recommended Reading

Appendix B

Resources

Includes conservation and recreation organizations

Index

About the Author

About the AMC

About the AMC in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C.

Cross-promotion page

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