ü The River trail is wide and flat. It is 1.4 miles out and back.
ü The trail surface is a mix of gravel and mowed grass. It is stroller-friendly (bigger wheels will work best).
ü The trail follows a peninsula of land with the Anacostia River on one side and the Kenilworth Marsh on the opposite.
ü Link to the trail map.
ü This hike is great for all ages but in particular toddlers and preschoolers. The trail is a fantastic introduction to hiking and nature.
What is fun for kids?
ü July is the best month to go because all the water lilies and lotus flowers are in bloom. It is beautiful!
ü Having the kids choose which path they want to follow around the many ponds.
ü Walking the boardwalk to the river.
ü Riverside access to the Anacostia.
ü Seeing wildlife – many types of butterflies and dragonflies, bull and green frogs, painted, red-eared and snapping turtles, deer, beaver and a lot of birds.
ü Small visitor center to educate about marshes.
ü Great place for nature photography.
ü Picnic tables in the shade!
ü Hot, hot, hot in the summer! The River Trail is mostly shaded but not the boardwalk or ponds.