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20 Hikes and Bikes Open During the Shutdown

You can still get your outdoor fix on these trails in Washington.

Major national parks such as Shenandoah National Park and Great Falls National Park may be closed during the shutdown, but there are plenty of other hikes and bikes to check out in the meantime. Photographs by Andrew Propp.

It’s perfect weather to hit the trails and get a look at those beautiful autumn leaves—except of course that some of the best views are closed due to the shutdown. 

But plenty of great trails are still open. Read on to find out which of our 45 Hikes and Bikes are available for your viewing pleasure.


Bull Run Mountains State Natural Area Preserve 
Broad Run, Virginia

Sugarloaf Mountain 
Dickerson, Maryland

Oak Hill Cemetery

Cedarville State Forest 
Brandywine, Maryland

Annapolis Rock
Boonsboro, Maryland 

Wildcat Mountain Natural Area 
Warrenton, Virginia

Potomac Overlook Regional Park 

Cabin John Stream Valley Trail
Potomac, Maryland 


Baltimore and Annapolis Trail 
Severna Park

Anacostia Tributary Trail System
Prince George’s County

Burke Lake and Lake Accotink 
Fairfax County

W&OD Trail 
Northern Virginia

Black Hill Regional Park 
Germantown, Maryland

BWI Trail 
Glen Burnie, Maryland

Indian Head Rail Trail 
White Plains, Maryland

Arlington Loop 
Arlington, Virginia

Covered Bridges Ride 
Frederick County, Maryland

Torrey C. Brown and York County Heritage trails 
Pennsylvania and Maryland

Patapsco Valley State Park 
Ellicott City, Maryland

Fountainhead Regional Park 
Fairfax Station, Virginia