FOLLOW A SCENIC TRAIL
ON THE VALLEY TRAIL, which
stretches more than 5 miles through
Rock Creek Park, it’s easy to forget that
Washington, D.C., looms just beyond the
borders of the parkland. Birdcalls and
the rushing creek often drown out the
sounds of passing cars, and telephone
poles only occasionally peek out through
the ranks of trees. One of the best
times to hit the trail is the fall, when the
leaves shine with color.
Henry Lebard, 25, of Chevy Chase,
often walks his dog on one of the Valley
Trail’s paths. “It’s the greenest area; it’s
the shadiest,” he says. “It makes you
feel like you’re out of the city.”
The Valley Trail, which follows the creek
and bends through the woods, is a favor-
ite for runners, dog walkers and families.
It affords scenic views and easy access
to Rock Creek for kids and dogs.
The long dirt trail begins at the bor-
der of Chevy Chase and Northwest D.C.
and stretches through the District before
ending near Peirce Mill, just before the
National Zoo. Boundary Bridge, along
Beach Drive at the start of the trail,
serves as a good access point and has