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Palisades Recreation Center

5200 Sherier Place Northwest · Washington, DC

How to find us

In the parking lot at 5138 Sherier Place NW, Washington DC, GPS = 38.92525,-77.10339

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Let's take a walk and explore the historic Palisades District in Washington, DC!

The route: From the Palisades Park parking lot, we’ll walk along Sherier and Dana Place to MacArthur Blvd NW. From there we’ll follow MacArthur Blvd southeast towards Georgetown Reservoir, with a short excursion up to Dana Place to check out an old 1860s wagon road. Continuing along MacArthur Blvd, we’ll make a second short excursion to get a look at the Castle Gatehouse, return to 47th Place NW, and follow it and Reservoir Road through Foxhall Village and into Foundry Branch Valley Park. After going through a tunnel under Canal Road, we'll enter the C&O Canal towpath and walk to Fletcher’s Cove, cross over onto the Crescent Trail and continue upstream, crossing over the canal and Canal Road. At the end of the bridge we’ll leave Capital Crescent Trail and scramble up an unmarked trail to the intersection of Potomac and Arizona Avenues, to continue upstream along Potomac Ave, Galena Place, and then return on a footpath just past Dorset Street to our starting point.

The total walking distance is 5.75 miles of smiles, including the two sightseeing excursions. It should take a little over 2 hours at a moderate pace, given time for breaks. The surface is a mix of sidewalks and dirt paths. There are many elevation changes throughout, but much of it is graded, making for easier walking.

Google map here: http://tinyurl.com/omufueh

Site photos and descriptions here: http://tinyurl.com/k6xdazl

Print map: http://tinyurl.com/nd8yqwh

How to get there:

• From the I-495 Beltway west of DC (either direction), take exit 41 onto Clara Barton Parkway, following signs for Glen Echo Park. Continue straight past Chain Bridge onto Canal Road and turn left onto Arizona Ave NW. Follow Arizona Ave to MacArthur Blvd NW, turn right, and take the next right onto Edmunds Place NW. Turn left onto Sherier Place NW, and the park entrance is immediately on your right.

• From Virginia, cross the Potomac on Key Bridge and turn left (west) onto M Street/Canal Road. Follow Canal Road west and turn right onto Arizona Ave NW. Follow Arizona Ave to MacArthur Blvd NW, turn right, and take the next right onto Edmunds Place NW. Turn left onto Sherier Place NW, and the park entrance is immediately on your right.

• From downtown Washington, follow M Street west through Georgetown until it turns into Canal Road. Follow Canal Road west and turn right onto Arizona Ave NW. Follow Arizona Ave to MacArthur Blvd NW, turn right, and take the next right onto Edmunds Place NW. Turn left onto Sherier Place NW, and the park entrance is immediately on your right.

• From north Washington DC, follow Nebraska Ave NW going southwest, through Ward Circle, until it turns into Loughborough Rd NW. Turn left on Arizona Ave NW and follow it to MacArthur Blvd NW, turn left, and take the next right onto Edmunds Place NW. Turn left onto Sherier Place NW, and the park entrance is immediately on your right.

How to find us: We will meet in the Palisades Recreation Center parking lot, 5138 Sherier Pl NW, GPS =[masked],[masked]. NB: The overall park address is 5200 Sherier, but the entrance to the park is at 5138 Sherier!

What to bring: Water, comfy shoes and your furry friend if desired (leashes, please). Sunscreen is recommended. As a reminder, this is a kids free zone, no one under 18 is allowed.

Administrative stuff: There are restrooms and drinking fountains at the recreation center, but it does not open until 10:00 am. The restrooms are at the side and back, accessed through the front door. Before 10:00, the park director said the side doors should be propped open, but there is also a Starbucks at 5185 MacArthur Blvd NW if you would like to make a pit stop before the walk. During the walk, there are restrooms and drinking fountains at Fletcher’s Cove.

After the walk: There are many places along MacArthur Blvd in the Palisades District for a bite after. Here are two; one recently recommended (DC Boathouse) and one we visited last time (Jetties). Please have a look at the Google map and/or the print map for more.

• DC Boathouse, 5441 Macarthur Blvd NW, Washington, DC, (202)[masked], http://tinyurl.com/qhkpj3s

• Jetties, 1609 Foxhall Rd NW, Washington, DC, (202)[masked], http://tinyurl.com/ocnavhl

Notes: Glenhurst @ National Register of Historic Places: http://tinyurl.com/kg55vpz