The sun is shining. The birds are singing. The dog needs to be walked. When you are itching to get out and explore, try these nature trails near pet-friendly Forestville apartments. The summer may be winding down, but adventure still awaits at these picturesque trails.
Anacostia River Trail
A beautiful path with many waterfront views, the Anacostia River Trail is a 20-mile trail that will give you access to Diamond Teague Park, the historic Navy Yard, RFK stadium, and most recently, the Kenilworth aquatic gardens. Little bridges connect the trail that is mostly asphalt and boardwalks. It is an excellent place to go bike riding, sightseeing, or dog walking. Access to the trail from the Maryland side is best found at Colmar Manor Community Park (3510 37th Ave., Colmar Manor) and Bladensburg Waterfront Park (4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg).
Black Hill Trail
This woodsy trail is a little outside the D.C. area. It boasts of stately oak and hickory trees, hiking, and horseback riding. Limited boat renting at Little Seneca Lake is a serene way to view the plentiful wildlife. It is mostly paved, suitable for bike riding, and known for its loveliness. Access to parking is available at the Black Hill Regional Park visitor center at 20930 Lake Ridge Drive in Boyds.
Capital Crescent Trail
Following the former Georgetown Branch rail line of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, this trail has stunning views of wildlife and the Washington Monument. It is an 11-mile path that connects to Rock Creek Park, which will take you to the National Zoological Park and the Kennedy Center. It is a flat, paved trail that is the gateway for the Great American Rail-Trail (a developing trail that will be 4,000 miles when completed and span the country). Access to the trail from Maryland, go to Bethesda Ave. at Woodmont Ave., just one block west of Wisconsin Ave.
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