Enjoy some nature
If you can, it’s good to get some sun and enjoy a bit of nature everyday. The pandemic clause is, as long as you can be sure to maintain social distancing / keep covered. We don’t have a backyard, so luckily we can still go to our local park and take small hikes. We always bring our masks in case we run into anyone one along the path.
Most of our national parks are no longer accessible and they’ve closed down parking lots. Below is a list of places that we’ve found to be open, for now, and enjoyable for a walk or bike ride.
DMV parks that are still open:
Rock Creek Park —This huge park that winds through DC has many so many different openings with footpaths that are accessible. Look on Google maps to find the trails closest to you.
One area that’s always been good for biking is the closed road off of Beach Drive. There is a barricade for cars on the weekends, but bikes and walkers are welcome.
*Update 4/19/20: Generally too many people on Beach Drive today. If you go, please wear a mask and watch out for the fast bikers and joggers.
Carderock hiking trail —*Update: 4/9/20: Parking area has been closed, although some people have been parking on exit roadway.
This is one of the most scenic trails in the area bc of the proximity of the path to the water and the large rocks just at the edge of the Potomac River. It’s very important to go on off peak hours to not cross on narrow paths with others. Note, little ones or ones with less mobility may have a tougher time on some of the paths which may require you to balance walk on rocks. With a 3yo we still found the hike worthwhile to see the initial parts of the trail.
Georgetown Harbor Waterfront —The park isn’t too large, but modern and scenic being by the Potomac river. There is a nice walkway there, but a lot of joggers and bikers. Avoid weekends and always keep it moving. Last time I was there, there was a police officer actively patrolling to make sure people don’t lay out and are active in their exercise. We got in trouble for opening a snack on the grass, but I actually appreciated that they were looking out. This is wheelchair accessible and very flat. Not a huge area, but nice if you are close to the area.
DC National Mall —Many of the areas of the Mall are closing down, so it’s important to check the National Park Service website. So far the Bicentenial Park, Reflection Pool, Lincoln Memorial, WWII Memorial and lawn around the monument are still open. While it’s thankfully very spacious to walk around, would recommend always wearing a mask, especially since the crosswalk areas are limited.
Have you found some good quiet spots? Let us know!