8 Great Hikes Close to Home

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

Turkey Run Loop

Photo via localhikes.com

“Don’t expect to see any wild turkeys trotting down this 1.75-mile loop trail; it’s named after one of the many streams—called runs—that flow beneath the George Washington Memorial Parkway and into the Potomac River,” writes Arlington Magazine contributor Laurie McClellan. “But what this trail might lack in gobbling, it makes up for in wildflowers, lovely river views and some streamside hiking along Turkey Run.”

This an easy-to-moderate hike is part of the larger Potomac Heritage Trail, and begins at the C-1 parking lot in Turkey Run Park, located off the George Washington Parkway in McLean.