Trail Discovery for Kids: River Trail

Hike Information

  • The River trail is wide and flat. It is 1.4 miles out and back.
  • The trail surface is a mix of gravel and mowed grass. It is stroller-friendly (bigger wheels will work best).
  • The trail follows a peninsula of land with the Anacostia River on one side and the Kenilworth Marsh on the opposite.
  • Link to the trail map.

Age Appropriateness

  • This hike is great for all ages but in particular toddlers and preschoolers. The trail is a fantastic introduction to hiking and nature.

What is fun for kids?

  • July is the best month to go because all the water lilies and lotus flowers are in bloom. It is beautiful!
  • Having the kids choose which path they want to follow around the many ponds.
  • Walking the boardwalk to the river.
  • Riverside access to the Anacostia.
  • Seeing wildlife – many types of butterflies and dragonflies, bull and green frogs, painted, red-eared and snapping turtles, deer, beaver and a lot of birds.
  • Small visitor center to educate about marshes.
  • Great place for nature photography.
  • Picnic tables in the shade!


  • Hot, hot, hot in the summer! The River Trail is mostly shaded but not the boardwalk or ponds.
  • Park is open from 7am to 6:30pm.

Hiking Along engages children in exploration of the natural world through hiking on scenic trails around the metro DC region. Groups of children, preschool to high school, participate in hands-on science activities to learn about the natural surroundings while hiking on trails. Visit for more information.

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