Capital Crescent--Mass. Ave.--MacArthur Blvd. Loop
(bike path and roads; interesting neighborhoods
Exact mileage to be determined, but it is estimated to be a "short" 13 miles.
at Iwo Jima.
- Go through
Rosslyn and across the Key Bridge.
- Take a sharp
right after bridge down to the river side of C&O Canal.
- Left on
C&O Towpath and QUICK right down steps to K St.
- Go right
on K St. to trailhead of Capital Crescent Trail.
- Follow Capital
Crescent Trail a little more than 5 miles until it crosses over Massachussetts
Avenue. You will remain on the trail the whole time. Among the "landmarks"
you will pass are: Fletcher's Boathouse (near mile marker 8); bridge over
the canal; the "Entering Maryland" sign (near mile marker 7) and
the Dalecarlia tunnel (just past mile marker 6).
- It is important
to pay attention so that you don't miss Mass. Ave. The turnoff at Mass. Ave.
is just before mile marker 5.0 and about a mile from the tunnel.
- Just before the trail
crosses over Mass. Ave., there will be a dirt downhill trail on your right.
Take that (short) trail down to the sidewalk and turn right. You are headed
up Mass. Ave. toward the D.C. line.
- At the top of the hill,
you will be at Westmoreland Circle. Go halfway around the circle counterclockwise
(basically stay to the right) and make a right to continue on Mass. Ave.
- Continue on Mass. but
make a quick right onto 49th St. It is the third right you can possibly make after the circle
(and is after 50th St.!)
- From 49th St., make
the fourth right onto Tilden St.
- Continue on Tilden
St.--it curves around after Fordham Rd.--until it ends at an intersection
with Rockwood Parkway.
- Make a left onto Rockwood
Parkway and take that up the hill until you get to Indian Lane.
- Make a right onto Indian
Lane and you will soon come to a big intersection. This is Nebraska Avenue.
- Cross Nebraska Avenue
and bear right down Chain Bridge Road. It is a narrow, shady road with a very
steep downhill slope and some really cool houses.
- When Chain Bridge Road
hits MacArthur Boulevard, make a left onto MacArthur.
- Take MacArthur back
toward Georgetown. Be careful not to take Reservoir Road when you get near
the Dalecarlia Reservoir--it is easy to get confused because the two of them
meet and then divide again. If you are near the fence next to the water, you
are in the right place.
- Once you hit Foxhall Road in Georgetown,
MacArthur basically turns into Canal Road. Stay right when Foxhall meets MacArthur, but quickly cross to left side before heading down the hill.
- Stay on Canal Road
(there is a sidewalk only on the left side heading in that direction) and
it will turn into M Street at the Key Bridge. Be careful crossing M Street
to go over the Key Bridge because there isn't a crosswalk there.
- Take the Key Bridge
back to Rosslyn and Iwo Jima.