The DC Region’s Top Five Family-Friendly Bike Rides

Anacostia River Trail 16.5 miles of trail along the Anacostia River. Circling both banks of the Anacostia River from its confluence with the Potomac River at South Capitol Street upstream to Maryland’s Anacostia Tributary Trail system, the trail offers terrific views of both the city and the river. The Anacostia River Trail provides connections between the parks, stadiums, restaurants and neighborhoods along and across the river. As a looped trail within a city grid, there are endless options (and excellent signs to help you navigate). Some other family friendly highlights of this trail include captaining your own ship at the playground on Anacostia Dr and Nicholson St SE and playing on the playgrounds at River Terrace (Anacostia Dr and Blaine St SE), and at Deane Ave NE.  
Holmes Run Trail 4 miles (one way) near Alexandria, VA Start at Cameron Run Regional Park and head north. Alexandria trail lovers call it their “Best Kept Secret”. If the temperature rises, Holmes Run Trail is your best bet. Stream crossings provide an opportunity to splash around and cool down, and the tree-covered corridor makes for a cool ride. Plus, the trail has tons of picnic spots and playgrounds along the way!
Rock Creek Park Ramble 7 miles round trip through one of DC’s most iconic national parks. Begin at Georgetown Waterfront Park and travel north to the National Zoo along the paved, multi-use Rock Creek Park Trail. Consider packing a picnic and spend some time lounging on the banks of Rock Creek. Take some time to visit the pandas and flamingos before swinging back (downhill!) to Georgetown.
Sligo Creek Trail 10 miles of shady bliss, connecting Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. Start your ride in Hyattsville, and trace your way up the stream valley along the  Sligo Creek Trail, arguably the most beautiful branch of the  larger Anacostia Tributary Trails system. The trail’s northern terminus is near Wheaton Regional Park. If your kids have some extra energy to burn, stop off at Green Meadows Park. Also, this trail is perfect for the budding naturalist, with many opportunities for bird-watching and exploration.
DC Bike Ride Sunday, May 14th, West Potomac Park, 20 miles Treat you and your family to a full day of car-free festivities! Join DC’s only 20-mile car-free bike ride on Sunday, May 14. Can you imagine Whitehurst Freeway traffic free? How about Pennsylvania Avenue with thousands of bikes rather than cars? DCBR is for riders ages 3+. This event is a great ride for the kiddos (there’s a 6.5-mile turnoff point) and for your friends who are experienced riders and those who are newbies. For a limited time only, use code “WABASPRING17” and save $10 off each standard registration. Plus, kids ages 3-7 participate for free!  
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