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East Potomac Park Loop

East Potomac Park Loop

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 9:19am
This hike takes you along the perimeter of East Potomac Park, which borders the Washington Canal and Potomac River. You will visit the Jefferson Memorial, be treated to excellent views of the Washington Monument, and almost certainly get to watch planes take off and land at close range from Reagan National Airport. The hike is best in the spring when the cherry blossoms are in bloom, but is always a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours.
Distance: 
4.1mi
Difficulty: 
Easy
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Scenery: 
Fair
Photo Op: 
The Jefferson Memorial and views of the Washington Monument from the Jefferson Memorial.
Location: 
East Potomac Park 20024 Washington, DC
Metro Accessible: 
Yes
Closest Metro Station: 
Distance to Metro Station: 
1.00mi
Additional Directions: 
There is parking along Ohio Drive that can fill up on weekends. There is also a large parking lot for the golf courses and swimming pool that you are only supposed to use if patronizing those facilities. Enforcement of this rule, of course, must be tough. Get in a round of mini-golf if you feel guilty parking there. You can pick up the this hike from anywhere along the perimeter of the park, so you don't need to seek out parking in a specific spot.
What to Bring: 
Water and bug spray.
Food Options: 
The golf course has a grill and serves snacks and drinks.
Additional Information: 

The majority of the trail is simply a sidewalk on the perimeter of the park immediately adjacent to the water. The sidewalk has been in bad shape at times, especially the western side of the park, but has improved lately as many of the holes have plugged up. Nonetheless, you should be careful. There is usually space to walk in the grass along Ohio Drive if you dislike walking on the sidewalk.

Make sure you check out the Jefferson Memorial on the northern end of the hike. You will get great views of the Washington Monument.

Disclaimer: 
Environmental conditions in cities, parks, etc. can change rapidly and without our knowledge. We do not make any claims as to the accuracy of information presented on this page. Further, hiking can be a dangerous activity that may result in bodily harm and possibly death. We hope the information that we provide will help you prepare for your hike, but do not imply that the information provided is complete. It is your responsibility to prepare yourself for whatever challenges you may face. If you decide to use any of the information on this page, you do so at your own risk.
Images: 
East Potomac Park
Jefferson Memorial
Washington Monument

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