Hiking and Biking
The National Park Service Civil War Defenses of Washington sites offer a variety of different trails for hikers and bikers. You can hike and bike through the hilltops of Washington, D.C. while enjoying an oasis of urban greenspaces filled with an abundance of oaks, beech, maple, and pine trees. You can take the seven-mile Fort Circle Hiker-Biker trail that runs from Fort Stanton to Fort Mahan in the southeastern section of the city or hike and bike through Rock Creek Park where many of the forts are located.
Check out these links before you head out for a hike or bike.
Did You Know?
As early as the 1820s, free African Americans settled in a community called Vinegar Hill, an area now known as Brightwood. During the Civil War, Fort Stevens was built within Vinegar Hill boundaries and repulsed the only Confederate attack on the District of Columbia.