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Explore Nature Around Washington DC

As urban and fast-paced as life around Washington DC is, it can be easy to forget about the simple beauty of nature and the health benefits which come from spending time outside. And yet, Washington DC has a great number of parks and greenspaces which you can explore when looking for a place to relax and unwind. The list is actually quite extensive when you run a search for parks around DC. But what if you’re looking for some place a bit more remote or less
likely to be crowded?

Not to worry, DC has you covered. There are a variety of tranquil green spaces, forested areas and gorgeous gardens just waiting for you to visit. Check out the list below and spend some time connecting and exploring nature around Washington DC.

Montrose & Dumbarton Parks. These two public parks are situated next to each other and were once part of extensive private estates, including the historical Dumbarton Oaks House. Montrose Park is ideal for a leisurely stroll or picnic afternoon. Dumbarton Park is a 27-acre wooded area, where you can leave the city behind with ease.

Smithsonian Pollinator Garden. Previously known as the Butterfly Habitat Garden, this small patch of garden alongside the National Museum of Natural History, this is a gem of an oasis in the heart of the National Mall. Stroll along a variety of native plants dependent on a variety of pollinators such as butterflies, bees and beetles.

Theodore Roosevelt Island. This is one of the remotest natural landscapes you’ll find in DC. Known as a living memorial, Theodore Roosevelt Island is located in the Potomac River between DC and Virginia. There are miles of trails running through wooded land and swampland, all in honor of the great conservationist outdoorsman President Roosevelt was.

Fort Dupont Park. Sure, this is a well-known and popular park, but at 376 acres it’s one of DC’s largest, and most of it’s wooded forest. Ready for a long hike or head out on that mountain bike you bought? This is the park for you. As a National Park you can readily enjoy a variety of programs centered around the natural and cultural history of this scenic green space.

Hains Point. Situated at the southern end of East Potomac Park, this is an ideal area for a family picnic; four designated areas are available by reservation only. It’s also a fisherman’s delight as you can cast a line in either the Potomac or Anacostia Rivers. Ride your bike along the point and enjoy some time along the shoreline.

Life is lived well in DC. There’s no need to travel far to get away from it all, Washington DC is home to incredible greenspaces and parks. Discover more with this list compiled by DC Curbed. ADMC Realty Group is pleased to serve the communities in and around the Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia areas. If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, we stand ready to assist you every step of the way. Give us a call at (202)596-8101 or email us at [email protected].

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