Hains Point & East Potomac Loop
East Potomac Park, Ohio Drive Southwest, Washington, DC, USA
Daily dawn to dusk.
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Come to Walk, Stroll, or Run Outdoors with your Kids in Hains Point and East Potomac Park in DC's Southwest.
Stroller running and walking are enjoyable for parents and kids alike, and a great way to get the family exercising outdoors while taking in the unbelievably beautiful views of our nation's Capitol.
This fun route from East Potomac Park along Ohio Drive (if you park at the beginning) and around the tip is about four miles. I love that large sections are closed off to cars on the weekends too, which makes it especially kid-friendly regardless of whether you choose weekday or weekend running. The views are truly lovely, and it's a stroller-friendly route since it is flat all the way around.
Running with kids often requires finesse in order to make sure they get a healthy amount of movement while trying to get sufficient exercise yourself. The playground at the end of Hains point is a nice solution, allowing for some playtime mid-run. If the kids aren't feeling running today, enjoy the stroll and the views anyway!
Tip: On windy days, the breeze will be pronounced on this particular run, so pack layers. We would not recommend this route after dark and always suggest running with others to maximize safety.
This article by Roots Rated provides interesting historical details and a bit more context about the loop too!
For a little museum time, the National Mall is just minutes away by car, including the amazing Smithsonian Museum of Natural History!