In a recent conversation with a couple of DC outdoorists, we found a strange contradiction of facts.
We started off talking about the amazing outdoor resources that DC has to offer - for example the rivers (Potomac and Anacostia, two rivers!!), parks (Rock Creek, National Arboretum, Glover Archbold, Meridian Hill, and hundreds more), and the hundreds of miles of biking infrastructure and trails (C&O Canal path, Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, and Metropolitan Bike Trail).
That's where you and Wanderus come together. Wanderus is created to help people find everyday value in their local parks, trails, and green spaces. With your support, we can change the (mis)perception about urban outdoors. For 2017, our new year's resolution is simple (and ambitious) - we want to build, and are building, a system of resources and community networks to help more people connect to outdoor recreation and relaxation in the city. In 2017, join us to fight the misperception, be an outdoorist no matter where you are, and share your stories and love with #DCOutdoors. Together, we cangrow our DC Outdoorist community.
Wanderus' Top Places to Explore in 2016
Just you, your bike, and the open road
via WABA's Katie Harris
Anacostia Riverwalk Trail (ART)
One of our favorite places to explore this year is the newly established Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. We made our debut trip on a winter Sunday afternoon, leaving from the Southwest Waterfront metro station and crossing over the 11th Street Bridge to Anacostia's side. Once east of the river, we biked through Anacostia Park to the trail head that loops in and out of wooded areas to open fields, crossing bridges, and protected bike lanes. The roads were smooth and well-marked with multiple signs to help navigate, also to point out interesting playgrounds and landmarks nearby (for example, Anacostia Park Skating Pavilion or Fort Circle Park). It was so fun to spot herds of geese crossing the street along the river trail, or take it in the richness of bird life and plants from Kingman Marsh to Kenilworth Garden. We even saw multiple groups of deer (at least ten of them!) along the trail making the ride feel even more surreal.
We also loved trips to Fletcher's Cove via biking along the C&O Canal. When there we spoke to the multiple egrets, raced up and down the river on a kayak, enjoyed paddling to the border of DC right below the Chain Bridge, and letting our kayaks float back down the river while reading a book. We picked Fletcher's Cove as a favorite spot to explore this year, mainly because of its campy feel and disconnect from the city. Yet, its greatest feature also has a downside. The place is located in a remote area of Northwest DC that serves as an access point for the Potomac River and C&O Canal where recreationists can bike for miles, jump in a boat and almost instantly find yourself alone on the river, or put on a pair of hiking boots and hike along the shores of the Potomac. What's wrong with that? Well, it's not super accessible - the easiest way to reach Fletcher's Cove is via bike or car, or you may find yourself walk (a beautiful) two miles north of Georgetown Waterfront.
OUTDOOR EVENTS (ALWAYS FREE)
SATURDAY DEC. 31 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Noon Yards Eve @ YARDS PARK
Noon Yards is back! Enjoy a fun daytime New Years Eve celebration for families and kids with inflatables, musical entertainment, face painting and balloon art, children's performers, a cool trackless train ride through Yards Park, and a big countdown and balloon drop at noon to usher in the New Year.
The fireworks end First Night Alexandria and begin 2017 with a bang! The show will be on the Potomac River at the end of King Street. Best viewing is anywhere along the waterfront. You can also get a great view from the top of the steps of the George Washington Masonic Memorial. The fireworks begin at the stroke of midnight and last about eight minutes! One great finale!