8 Great Hikes Close to Home

Can’t-miss trails for when you want to get closer to nature.

Theodore Roosevelt Island


Photo via nps.gov

Wedged between Arlington and Georgetown, Theodore Roosevelt Island is a popular spot for area hikers, runners and families.  The 90-acre island features many different shorter trails off the main loop.

Arlington Magazine writer Kim O’Connell describes the side trails as narrower, rootier and rockier than the main trail.

“Especially on the eastern side of the island, where a long boardwalk takes you through a boggy swamp and tidal marsh, the sights and sounds of the city fall away (except for the omnipresent airplanes ascending or descending overhead),” O’ Connell writes. “Stop at a bench or an overlook and you may spot a blue heron or red-shouldered hawk perched on a branch.”