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5 Nearby Bicycle Trails for Fresh Air and a Fun Workout

BikingWith August upon us, summer will be a fleeting memory in no time. Before the chill invades the air again, make sure to get outside as much as possible to soak up the rest of the summer.

One fun way to get outdoors – and to enjoy some healthy exercise, too – is to explore one of the many wonderful biking trails the DC area has to offer. Here are five nearby bike trails to get you started on a fun bicycle adventure:

1. W&OD Trail

Another former railroad line, this trail starts in the Shirlington neighborhood and stretches through Northern Virginia wine country to charming Purcellville. While the trail is a smooth, paved ride, it does feature some hills, as well as a parallel horse path.

2. Sligo Creek Trail

This Montgomery County trail begins at Wheaton Regional Recreation Park and runs through Sligo Creek Park for 10 miles, ending near New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring. The trail is mostly paved and winds along Sligo Creek for a scenic ride.

3. Capital Crescent Trail

Commuters often use this trail to travel to work via bike. The 11 mile trail, which is a former railroad line, runs from Georgetown in DC to Silver Spring, MD. Most of the trail is paved, except for the last 4 miles, which consists of hard-packed gravel.

4. C&O Canal Towpath

This popular trail is super-long, so you may want to work your way up to it! It stretches 184 miles from Georgetown in DC to Cumberland, MD, along a former water transportation route for the DC area. While not paved, the trail consists of mostly crushed stone and packed clay.

5. Mt. Vernon Trail

For a bit of history along with your bike ride, try the Mt. Vernon Trail, an 18 mile paved trail along the Potomac River. You can see lovely views of the monuments and the historic neighborhoods of Alexandria along this fun bike path.

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