Glover-Archbold–Palisades–C&O Canal Loop

A lovely loop exploring the Palisades area of the District.

  • Sun Jun 23, 2024
Meeting time
  • 8:00 am
  • 7.5 miles
Meeting place
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From the Roosevelt Island parking lot take the pedestrian bridge over to Key Bridge. After crossing the Potomac, turn right through Francis Scott Key Park, dropping down to the C&O Canal towpath. Follow the towpath upstream to a tunnel under the canal, hooking up with the Glover-Archbold Trail on the other side. Follow the “pipeline” to intersection with Wesley Heights Trail, taking a left on Wesley Heights. At Battery Kimble Park, take a left on Battery Kimble Trail and follow to MacArthur Blvd. Cross the road and enter trail near the old schoolhouse. Follow trail down to tunnel underneath Canal Rd, and emerge on C&O Canal towpath at Fletcher’s Cove. Take the canal back to Key Bridge and then cross over to Roosevelt Island.

Course map

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Last updated January 22, 2023