Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Central PA / Silver Spring MD
Bikes: Bridgestone MB-5 (93), Bridgestone RB-1 (89), Giordana Spica (90)
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DC has lots of trails and paths that are nominally referred to as bike paths, but which are really mixed use trails. They can be good fun but you need to watch out for other users, who range from racer posers to little old ladies with leashed dogs to families with small children walking all over the place.
For specific trails, I suggest looking at Bike Washington
I've recently been on the following:
Mt. Vernon, from Roosevelt Island to the Estate. In my experience, this trail more than others is subject to my earlier traffic warning.
Rock Creek Park - Capital Crescent. A nice loop, with some low traffic spots allowing for faster travel.
C&O Towpath - The first 25 miles are nice, particularly the 15 miles west of the beltway where the trail is a mixture of dirt & crushed gravel.
Sligo Creek - High traffic, and several at grade Highway crossings, but can take you from the MD suburbs into the heart of DC.