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Old 08-14-10, 07:26 PM
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Rock Creek Park - Best Route from Beach Rd. Closure to Memorial Bridge or Haines Pt?

Howdy folks, I'm headed out for my first ride in DC tomorrow morning. I'm up near Petworth, and would like to ride down through Rock Creek Park and then head to either Haines Point or go over the Memorial Bridge to the Mt. Vernon trail. Are there viable ways (safe roads, paved paths) to get to these places? I've yet to ride in DC, so I'm a bit worried about getting onto a road I shouldn't get on to, ending up in the wrong part of town or stopping traffic by accidentally riding into oncoming traffic.

Also, can you ride across the Memorial Bridge, or is there a better way to get to the Mt. Vernon trail (and is the Mt. Vernon trail paved?)
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This is easy to do. Did you get a reply? See the link to a free bike map on WABA web site. Once you make it to Rock Creek, you can off near the Kennedy Center to pick up the trail across the bridge. There are other routes too. The best suggestion is to see/Google the DC bike map.
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You should know that Beach Drive south of Porter is no picnic to ride on during the week. Lots of commuter traffic moving at high speed.
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Is the trail ok though? I rode on part of it a week ago and it was like mountain-biking on old asphalt.
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That sums it up. The trail is a little rough, especially around the zoo. Also narrow in places. Just need to watch out and keep your speed down.
As messy as it is, I prefer the trail to the parkway in that stretch (unless it's really early on a weekend morning). Road too narrow and traffic too fast.
When I don't feel like dealing with the lower RCT, I either ride up to 16th on Park (at Pierce Mill), or to Connecticut at either Shoreham or the zoo.
Once you get to Georgetown, the RCT continues straight along the river. After the trail takes a weird jog right, cross the road, go past the volley ball courts and under a couple of bridges. Switch to Ohio Drive on the other side of the Memorial Bridge. Takes you to HP.
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That sums it up. The trail is a little rough, especially around the zoo. Also narrow in places. Just need to watch out and keep your speed down.
As messy as it is, I prefer the trail to the parkway in that stretch (unless it's really early on a weekend morning). Road too narrow and traffic too fast.
When I don't feel like dealing with the lower RCT, I either ride up to 16th on Park (at Pierce Mill), or to Connecticut at either Shoreham or the zoo.
Once you get to Georgetown, the RCT continues straight along the river. After the trail takes a weird jog right, cross the road, go past the volley ball courts and under a couple of bridges. Switch to Ohio Drive on the other side of the Memorial Bridge. Takes you to HP.
Danke!
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