While we love being in the city, sometimes (especially during a pandemic) it’s necessary to go out and enjoy some non-concrete nature time. The weather may be getting colder but just remember to bring a few layers because the DMV region is filled with breathtaking vistas, intense scrambling, and gorgeous waterfall hiking routes. We’ve rounded up our top four hikes in the DMV we encourage you to check out!

Billy Goat Trail A-Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

About a 30-minute drive from the city near Potomac, Maryland, this 4 mile loop trail will have you scrambling over rocks for a good two hours but the views will be well worth the clambering.

Billy Goat

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Old Rag-Shenandoah National Park

Are you up for a challenge? Old Rag, located in the Shenandoah National Park, about a 2 hour drive away from DC, is a 10.2 mile loop that is almost as intense as it is beautiful. Jumping crevices, rock scrambling, gorgeous vistas, never ending switchbacks, this trail will keep you engaged, so make sure to take your time to enjoy the sites!

Old Rag

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White Oak Canyon-Shenandoah National Park

If you’re looking for some water action, White Oak Canyon is the trail for you! Waterfalls and swimming holes help to break up this 9.5 mile out and back trail allowing you to stop and enjoy the cool water whenever you find a spot that’s perfect for you. Fun fact: This is one of Dr. Danielle’s favorites!

White Oak

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Little Devils Stair- Shenandoah National Park

The name might sound intimidating (and yes there is a graveyard nearby) but don’t let that stop you from checking out this forest filled loop brimming with wildlife. A little over 6 miles, this loop will take you about 2 to 3 hours and give you plenty of opportunities to enjoy the splendor of the Shenandoah Park.

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Always remember to check the weather before you head out, tell a friend where you are hiking, grab the right gear, fill up your bag with water and snacks, and stretch it out. Most importantly, take your time, have fun, and breathe in that fresh wonder of the great outdoors.