Washington, D.C.

National Arboretum Grounds

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The U.S. National Arboretum, located in northeast Washington, D.C., is a great spot for a run. The 451-acre arboretum features numerous themed gardens and collections. There are 9 miles of roadways, and several miles of paths. The Arboretum is free, hours 8am-5pm.

We suggest creating your own route. A loop of the ‘perimeter’ is ~3.5 miles, with numerous additional roadways & paths. This MAP is a helpful resource. Note that the roads do not feature sidewalks or a shoulder, but they’re very lightly trafficked. The best area for off-road paths is the western section of the Arboretum, off Azalea Rd. NE.   NOTE: HILLY

Essentials
  • A loop is ~3.5 miles. There are 9 miles of roads and many miles of paths
  • HILLY!
  • Visitor Center or one of the parkling lots
  • Free Parking. See web site for directions & public transport options

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Steve L,
2 months ago

Love running here. And great for walking and some hill work on the bike. Wanted to note that there are clean bathrooms and really cold water in the visitors’ center adjacent to the main parking lots. While you’re there, don’t miss out on the Bonsai Garden. One of our favorite attractions in DC.

Essentials
  • A loop is ~3.5 miles. There are 9 miles of roads and many miles of paths
  • HILLY!
  • Visitor Center or one of the parkling lots
  • Free Parking. See web site for directions & public transport options