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July 14, 2020

Get Active on the Klingle Valley Trail

by Korrea Johnston

Need a new route to explore? The Klingle Valley Trail officially opened this summer! Spanning just shy of a mile, the trail is located in a lush, forest-like, residential area in Northwest DC with easy access to the neighborhoods of Cleveland Park, Woodley Park, and Mount Pleasant. At 0.7 miles long, the trail has a steady, moderate incline and follows a small brook through a small wooded stream valley leading to the rugged and picturesque Rock Creek Park.

Built on the remains of a former roadway, Klingle Road, this new trail adds to the existing great trail network in the Northwest Washington area, connecting locations such as the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Tregaron Conservancy, Rock Creek Park, and Piney Branch Park.

The Klingle Valley Trail can be used by pedestrians and cyclists, and is perfect for residents or visitors who want to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of the city and get some light exercise during the weekend, after a busy day at work, or when visiting the city and one of the nearby attractions. On its eastern end, near Porter Street NW, you can connect to the city’s Rock Creek trail system to extend your journey. The western end of the trail ends near Cortland Place.

Even though parking is available in Rock Creek Park, the area is well serviced by sustainable and convenient transportation options, including the following:

  • Capital Bikeshare
    • Rent and ride one of Capital Bikeshare’s red bikes for just $2 for a 30-minute trip.
    • Docking stations:
      • 3000 Connecticut Avenue NW/National Zoo
      • Connecticut Avenue and Newark Street NW/Cleveland Park
  • Metrobus
    • The L1 and L2 bus routes both stop close by on Connecticut Avenue NW.
  • Metrorail
    • Ride the Red Line to Cleveland Park station.

For more information, check out the dedicated website

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