Kenwood Cherry Blossom Hike

Not all the cherry trees are around the Tidal Basin! Let’s give Bethesda some lovin’ and see how the cherry blossoms are coming along in Kenwood!

The route: From the Bethesda Metro Station we’ll walk south along Wisconsin Ave to Bethesda Ave, turn right, and walk a block west. Across the street from a Barns & Noble bookstore on our left is the entrance to the Capital Crescent Trail, and we’ll turn left and then take an immediate right to head southwest along the trail. Shortly after passing through Little Falls Park we’ll turn right on Dorset and walk west to the intersection of Dorset Ave and Brookside Dr.

From the intersection of Dorset Ave and Brookside Dr, we’ll walk back and forth along the neighborhood streets, checking out the cherry blossoms! (See the Google map at the link below.) The streets are pretty narrow, so we’ll have to keep a sharp eye out for cars and make sure to walk on the left side of the street, towards oncoming traffic. After walking around for a little over 2 miles, we’ll arrive back at the intersection of Dorset Ave and Brookside Dr, where we’ll retrace our steps to  the Bethesda Metro Station.

The route is a modified out-and-back walk route totaling 5.08 miles of smiles and should take about 2 hours. The surface is paved and level throughout.

Google route map: http://tinyurl.com/n92g54y

How to get there:

If you're riding the Metro, the Bethesda Metro Station is on the Red Line.

If you're driving:

• From the I-495 Capital Beltway Inner Loop, take exit 34 to merge onto MD-355 S/​Rockville Pike toward Wisconsin Ave/​Bethesda and drive 2.7 miles. Bethesda Metro Station will be on the left, and you can (hopefully) find free parallel parking along nearby side streets.

• From the I-495 Capital Beltway Outer Loop, take exit 34 for Maryland 355 toward Rockville/​Bethesda/​Wisconsin Ave. Merge onto MD-355 N/​Rockville Pike, and after driving north 0.4 miles, make a U-turn at Tuckerman Lane and follow MD-355 South for almost 3 miles. Bethesda Metro Station will be on the left, and you can (hopefully) find free parallel parking along nearby side streets. 

Where to meet: We'll meet at the Metro exit plaza on the west side of the intersection of Wisconsin Ave and Old Georgetown Rd. Easy to spot – it’s just north of the Hyatt and there’s a clock tower, a modern art sculpture, and the usual bunch of newspaper boxes.

What to bring: Water, comfy shoes, and your furry friend if desired (leashes, please). The forecast is sunny and a high of 62 degrees, so the layered look and sunglasses are probably a good idea.

Administrative stuff: There are a couple of coffee shops and restaurants near the Metro station for a pit stop before and after the hike. As a reminder, this is a kids-free zone, no one under 18 years of age is permitted.

Cost: None.

Notes:

• Kenwood Cherry Blossoms at Yelp: http://tinyurl.com/mb89rfw

• Public parking garages: http://tinyurl.com/lgaso8h

• Starbucks, 7140 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

• Caribou Coffee, 7629 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814

Hat tip to Donna for the great suggestion! 

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  • Hiromi

    I enjoyed the hike a lot. I am so impressed by a great leader and wonderful & friendly people. Thank you very much and I look forward to meeting you all at next meet up.

    1 · April 8, 2014

  • John M

    Fun friends, wonderful weather! Thanks!!

    April 6, 2014

  • debbie

    Beautiful day for a hike. It was nice seeing old friends and meeting so many new people. Thank you John for organizing!! Have a great week everyone!

    1 · April 6, 2014

  • Gregg

    I had a great time walking. The Cherry blossoms will be out within 10days!

    2 · April 6, 2014

    • Skysusan

      Less, I think :) sky

      2 · April 6, 2014

  • Joan B.

    A very nice time!

    2 · April 6, 2014

  • Lana

    another wonderful walk, thank you John!!!!!!

    2 · April 6, 2014

  • LP

    Very Nice!

    2 · April 6, 2014

  • Jim

    Thanks for another five-star tromp, John. The pace was perfect & it was a bonus that we didn't have to elbow our way through endless six-deep phalanxes of tourists.

    1 · April 6, 2014

  • Skysusan

    Happy walk... sky

    1 · April 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not many cherry blossoms, but that didn't stop us from having a nice walk on a beautiful spring day. Maybe they'll bust out next week!

    3 · April 6, 2014

  • Rocky

    So sorry to have to cancel; my allergies are so bad I can barely function. And such a beautiful day!

    April 6, 2014

    • debbie

      Feel better Rocky!

      April 6, 2014

    • John M

      Zyrtec is a beautiful thing...

      April 6, 2014

  • Geza

    Sorry I have to cancel because I sprained an ankle.

    April 6, 2014

    • John M

      Ouch! Go easy on it - you don't want to be out all summer...

      April 6, 2014

  • Claire S.

    I have to cancel something else came up

    April 6, 2014

  • Bev

    I have parental duties as well!

    April 5, 2014

  • Cari

    Have parental duties... :-/

    April 5, 2014

  • Barbara

    Just checking to see what time you think we'll be back to the metro/garage. I have a concert that afternoon so I'm trying to gauge whether I have enough time. As the hike is said to last 2 hrs, can I assume I'd be back to the metro by 2 pm? Or would that be cutting it close?

    April 5, 2014

  • Glenn

    For those driving to this event, there is a huge garage right next to the meeting spot called the Waverly Street garage. It has lots of parking and is free on the weekends. I live abut eight minutes away and use it all the time. Check out this link:

    http://www.downtownbethesda.com/go/waverly-garage.

    3 · March 31, 2014

    • John M

      Great! There's 8 garages listed at that website, including the ones Lorraine noted. Not sure if they're all free on weekends, though. I posted the link to all of them in the notes. Thanks!

      March 31, 2014

  • Lorraine W.

    Hi all - not sure if I can make it, but for anyone driving there are multiple county parking lots and garages that are free on weekends (look for the big blue P). One that is very close to the metro is at Old Georgetown Road and Woodmont Avenue, and another is on East-West highway about a block or 2 from Wisconsin Avenue. There are also others between 4-8 blocks away.

    3 · March 31, 2014

    • John M

      Hey, great tip! I added the two garages to the Google map, and here’s their street addresses: 7707 Maryland 187, Bethesda, Maryland

      4644 Montgomery Ave, Bethesda, Maryland

      Thanks!!

      March 31, 2014

  • John M

    For those who have schedule conflicts on the new day, we'll try to go there again on a different day also. We still have to schedule a couple of trips to the Tidal Basin, too! Once the blossoms pop out, we'll do whatever the weather permits...

    4 · March 29, 2014

    • Rick K

      I heard the National Arboretum has trails & Cherry trees too.

      March 30, 2014

  • Skysusan

    Glad to go w/ my fave group to the blossoms... as we can!! love, sky

    2 · March 29, 2014

  • Lynda

    Bummer. Already have plans for that day.

    1 · March 29, 2014

  • Barbara M.

    I can't make it next week. Enjoy the walk.

    1 · March 29, 2014

  • Margie

    I'm sorry I can't make it next week. It should be a beautiful walk.

    1 · March 29, 2014

  • Skysusan

    Good call John, see everyone April 6... Cheers, sky

    2 · March 29, 2014

    • Kate y.

      Sky, happy birthday! Wish could say it in person.

      4 · March 29, 2014

  • ML M.

    Happy birthday (tomorrow) Sky! Sorry I can't join you all. Enjoy the signs of spring.

    1 · March 29, 2014

  • Yngrid

    This will be my first meet up here =P

    March 27, 2014

  • Skysusan

    It's my birthday so I'll be looking for daffodils! hugs, sky

    3 · March 26, 2014

    • Jim

      That is why Sunday is destined to be a sunny day.

      2 · March 27, 2014

    • Aaron G.

      Or the end of the world

      1 · March 27, 2014

  • Ana

    Beautiful neighborhood especially during the cherry blossom season! Enjoy !

    1 · March 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to miss this one. I am out of state until May.

    March 25, 2014

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