Battery Kemble/Georgetown [created by David Kapson, 11/2005]


0.0   Begin at Iwo Jima
        Go through Rosslyn
        Cross Key Bridge


1.0   Sharp right after bridge thru Key Park down to river side of C&O Canal
        Left on C&O Towpath and QUICK right down steps to Water St.
        Right on Water St. to trailhead of Capital Crescent Trail
        Continue on Capital Crescent to mile marker #6.5 (see note below about shortening route)


5.0  Just past MM #6.5 U-turn at water fountain
       Left onto trail about 100 yds after DC border and about 1/4 mile from U-turn
       Follow trail (with chain link fence on left) to Potomac Avenue
       Follow Potomac Avenue (Enjoy the nice homes and scenic views of the river)


6.0  Turn left onto Galena Place. Run a little more than 2.5 blocks.
       Turn right on unmarked trail just before Sherier Place
       (The trail is an abandoned railbed for streetcars from Georgetown to Glen Echo Park!)
       (If you miss trail, continue to MacArthur, make a right and follow to left on Chain Bridge Rd)
       Continue on trail across pedestrian bridge over Arizona Ave.
       Continue on trail through parking lot at Palisades Rec Center
       Turn left onto (paved) Chain Bridge Road (#2402 will be on your left)
       Cross MacArthur Blvd


6.75 (Begin Loops of Battery Kemble)
       Continue UP Chain Bridge Rd. Enjoy the hill--You will see it again ;-)
       Right onto gravel road toward parking area
       Right onto trail at bottom of the hill
       Continue on main trail that follows creek (on your left) through B.K. park
       Exit woods at MacArthur Blvd.
       Right along MacArthur for about 50 yards
       Right onto Chain Bridge Road.


8.0   End of first loop. Repeat loop (see note below about shortening route)


9.25    End of second loop

Turn left on MacArthur Blvd. to head towards Georgetown.

Merge Left onto Reservoir Rd when it intersects with MacArthur Blvd.

Stay on this as you pass by Georgetown University.


10.9      Turn right onto 35th St NW to run along the East side of Georgetown University.

Turn Left onto P St NW.  Cross over Wisconsin Avenue and stay on P Street (You will have to run up Wisconsin a little bit to stay on P Street).


12.0          Turn Right onto 29th St.  Follow 29th Street about 5 blocks until M Street.

Turn Right onto M Street.  Stay on M Street for about 4 to 5 blocks.

            Turn Left onto the pedestrian walkway just after the Gtown mall and just before Dean and Deluca (This is at the stoplight for Potomac St on the other side).

            Go down the stairs and cross the bridge over the C&O canal.

            Continue straight onto Grace St and down to Water St.

            Turn Left onto Water St which becomes K Street and follow this all the way down under the Whitehurst Fwy.

            After crossing under the freeway ramps at the end of K follow the off-ramp to the right to get to Rock Creek Parkway Trail.


13.25      Turn Right onto Rock Creek Parkway Trail and follow to the Memorial Bridge.

You’ll be on the trail for a little over a mile until you get to the Lincoln Memorial.  Just past the memorial, turn right onto the Bridge to head back into Arlington.

Follow the trail around the traffic circle and towards Arlington Cemetery.

After passing the Arlington Cemetery Metro, stay on the trail which runs alongside the exit to Route 110.


15.8     Finish at Iwo Jima



To shorten route: Do not run all the way to MM #6.5 Instead turn right onto trail about ¼ mile after MM #7 and follow directions from Potomac Avenue


Or: Stay on M Street to Key Bridge and return to Iwo Jima via Key Bridge.

14 miles with both loops

12.7 with 1 lap

11.4 with 0 laps


Distance with 0 Battery Kemble Loops

13.3 miles

Distance with only 1 Battery Kemble Loops

14.55 miles


All distances are approximate.  Your mileage may vary.