Volksmarch Along the C&O Canal & Thunder Burger in Georgetown

This is a nice invigorating walkabout from Georgetown following the Potomac River to Fletcher's Landing and back. Our SHR group did it last year and obviously had a great time being outdoors (and indoors) during the cold of winter.  

Our route is a big loop that takes us on the Capital Crescent Trail leaving Georgetown, and then the C&O Canal towpath for the return journey.  Afterwards, we'll visit Thunder Burger & Bar on M Street in Georgetown for some refreshments and tasty food.

Meetup at Nick's Riverside Grill

We begin by meeting up at Nick's Riverside Grill next to the Georgetown Waterfront Park.  Nick's is right on the dock at the riverfront down the hill from K Street under the Whitehurst Freeway. It's a tourist restaurant with unremarkable food, but Nick's has a great scenic location on the Potomac River for us to meet up and start our walk.  We can gather inside where it's warm and people can admire the views of Roosevelt Island and the Kennedy Center.  

Full details about Nick's are here:



Volksmarching (from the German Volksmarsch meaning "peoples' march") is a form of non-competitive group fitness walking that developed in Europe and has since spread to the United States. Participants typically walk 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) on an outdoor path to a favorite destination, while sharing the company of fellow walkers who enjoy getting out for some exercise and fresh air in a natural environment.

A Volksmarch is not a race, although Volksmarching associations usually offer incentive awards such as pins to record their achievments.  People walk at a pace that works to make the event fun for everyone.

Walking Along the C&O Canal

Leaving Nick's, our Volksmarch will go through the park and under the Whitehurst Freeway to the start of the Capital Crescent Trail.  Then we'll walk the trail for approximately 3 miles to Fletcher's Landing where it crosses the C&O Canal towpath. There are lovely views of the Potomac River and the Virginia side most of the way.  The Capital Crescent Trail is paved and ascends gently for several miles to Bethesda. It's very popular with bikers and walkers, so we'll need to stay to the right to let other users pass by.

Our half-way point is Fletcher's Landing on the Potomac which has a seasonal boat house, as well as public restrooms.  From Fletcher's Landing, we'll move over to the C&O Canal towpath for the return trip. It's a peaceful stroll back to Georgetown along the banks of the canal that parallels Canal Rd. above.  The towpath is packed dirt and gravel on this section, but it generally drains well and the surface should be fine for walking.

The total distance of our Volksmarch will be approximately 7 miles. Wear comfortable shoes that can handle any muddy conditions on the C&O towpath.  Bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated and appropriate spirits to keep yourself warm 

Afterward at Thunder Burger & Bar

Thunder Burger & Bar is located on M Street in the heart of Georgetown.  It features bison burgers and other interesting fare, an impressive selection of beers, and is highly rated on Yelp. We loved being there last year.  

Our group's standard policy at restaurants and elsewhere is for SHR members to order and pay for their food and drinks individually.  We don't make group reservations due to the "flash mob" nature of Meetups where some people may not show and many people don't know each other.  As individual customers, we get better service and no hassles about splitting checks.  So plan to order individually and pay as you normally would. Then we'll socialize together as we always do.

Check out Thunder Burger's full menu, location, photos, and Yelp reviews below:



Meetup Details

You can get to this event by taking Metro to either Foggy Bottom or Rosslyn, and then walking to Georgetown Waterfront Park.  If you drive, there are public garages and street parking under the Whitehurst Freeway on K Street.

We'll need good walking weather for this event.  I'll post a notice here and send out an email by 10:00 am on Saturday morning if we need to change plans or cancel the event.  Call Jake at[masked] with any questions or to find us. I don't always hear my iPhone at events, but you can try me.

I hope to see you there!

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  • Tom C.

    A nice day for the walk and a great choice to eat afterwards! Thanks Jake!

    January 19, 2014

  • Gail T

    It felt great to be out in the sun with some fun peeps! Food was delicious at Thunder Burger.

    January 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was my first event with all of you and I can tell you there will be many more!! The weather was bracing but the conversations kept us warm. Good time and good food.
    See you all again soon.

    January 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great people and pleasant walk

    January 19, 2014

  • Jean

    Great event. Very cold to start but the walking helped us stay warm. Great time and fun conversations afterwards at Thunder Burger. And 6 degrees of separation later, 3 alumni from a university in Bellingham, WA were at the table talking with one another. Talk about a great Meetup event! Good planning Jake and Gloria!

    January 19, 2014

  • Peggy #.

    Wonderful weather, scenic walk, laughter and talking , seeing old friends and meeting new folks topped off with a Thunder Burger !
    What more would a person want for a perfect day with SHR?
    Thanks Jake, you ARE the best !

    January 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    snappy cold but that kept the pace moving...fun

    January 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    What more is there to say beyond it was a marvelous day!

    January 18, 2014

  • Sonja

    Great sunny afternoon for a walk along the Potomac!

    1 · January 18, 2014

  • Sheri R

    Walking along the water in the bright sun with nice people was perfect. Thanks, Jake!

    1 · January 18, 2014

  • Tonie D.

    As usual reverend Jake: Five stars.

    Thank you Jake for the wonderful outing.
    Looking forward for the next one.

    1 · January 18, 2014

  • Gloria

    Very invigorating! It was so much fun walking and talking with everyone. Jean, Jane and I were frightened by what we thought was a wild animal coming up the bank of the canal... but it was just Jake "taking a break". Thunder Burger was yummy. Worth every calorie. THANK YOU JAKE!

    1 · January 18, 2014

  • Rene' B.

    Fun day. Was a great walk by the C&O Canal. Very nice meeting people to walk and have lunch with. Appreciate Jake and all those who welcomed us so nicely to the group! Thunder Burger was delicious.

    January 18, 2014

  • Jake

    It was a nice brisk winter day for a lovely walk by the river. Sunny and not too much wind. Several new people joined us and it's always good to see old friends. Very friendly group. Thunder Burger was a great way to end the day with tasty food and drinks. Thanks everyone for attending.

    1 · January 18, 2014

  • Cindy

    Beautiful day for a walk along the river. Thank you Jake for another fun event. Great seeing everyone!

    January 18, 2014

  • joe d.

    Great people and super walk Thanks jake. Enjoyed the day.

    January 18, 2014

  • Tom H.

    Sorry I had to cancel, my 15 year old son is in some trouble at home.

    January 18, 2014

  • Tammy

    I am going to cancel ( I am a wimp- it is windy at my house so I know it will be cold along the river) , but I will see you in Federal Hill. Have fun today.

    January 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bringing a friend

    January 17, 2014

  • Marjorie G

    I'm sorry, but I have a conflict and won't be able to make it. I look forward to joining the group on another walkabout!

    January 17, 2014

  • Paul

    Have to take a pass tomorrow Jake, I'll be house hunting. Sorry to miss it, enjoy!

    January 17, 2014

    • Jake

      Good luck, Paul! I began my house search last January and it turned out very well.

      January 17, 2014

  • Rose

    I was really looking forward to this event plus I miss you guys! My daughter has a bball game on Sat so I won't be able to make it. Have fun! Hope to see you all soon.

    January 16, 2014

  • Stacie

    I wish i could have joined but I have to get my hair cut (trust me) and could only do it during this time :-(

    January 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone coming from SOMD and want to carpool?

    January 5, 2014

  • Sue B.

    Too cold for me tomorrow.

    January 3, 2014

  • Lisa

    making like a snow bird and heading for Florida this winter!

    December 12, 2013

    • Jake

      Great choice. Sanibel Island is on my agenda, but don't know if I'll make it this year...

      1 · December 12, 2013

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