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Fort Dupont Park

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The most commonly used trails in Fort Dupont Park in the Anacostia section of Washington D.C.


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Map Key

9.9

Miles

15.9

KM

35%

Singletrack

266' 81 m

High

57' 17 m

Low

583' 178 m

Up

583' 178 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Family Friendly Easy trails, easy to follow.

Daytime only. No e-bikes.

Overview

One of the most popular routes on the gravel bike paths in Fort Dupont Park.

Need to Know

A few of the wooden bridges can be very slippery when wet.

Bring bug spray.

Description

The majority of the trails in Fort Dupont are gravel bike paths with very few tricky obstacles. A few sections are bare soil that are a little more challenging. Also, there are many sections with annoying water bars that can easily pinch-flat tires if ridden poorly. At times, the leaves and nuts can build up badly, but are never more than just annoying.

This out-and-back ride has some hills but most are rolling, and nothing is too steep. The majority of the ride is on the Fort Circle Park Hiker - Biker Trail which passes near many DC Civil War forts.

History & Background

Fort DuPont Park is a 376-acre (1.52 km2) wooded park under the management of the National Park Service located in Washington, DC. The name of the park comes from the old Civil War earthwork fort that lies within the park. The fort was one of several designed to defend Washington from a Confederate attack during the Civil War. There are few remains of the actual fortifications.

Contacts

Shared By:

Raymond Crew with improvements by Shaughn Bryant

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  3.6 from 11 votes

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Photos

Dan and John riding in Fort Dupont.
Mar 24, 2016 near Washing…, DC
This is a ride-through of the Fort Dupont trail from the northern trailhead to the southernmost point.
Sep 15, 2020 near Washing…, DC
Fort Circle Parks. New Years Day ride.
Jan 7, 2016 near Washing…, DC
The typical trail in Fort Dupont.
Mar 24, 2016 near Washing…, DC
A view of the trail just north of Good Hope Rd SE.
Apr 2, 2014 near Washing…, DC
Fort Dupont Park near Ridge Road SE.
Jan 7, 2016 near Washing…, DC

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Feb 6, 2021
Eric Sussman
Oct 4, 2020
Steve Dwyer
The trail was in good condition, a little muddy a times but no trees or obstacles. I enjoyed the ride, especially the first couple miles near FtDupont 9mi — 1h 40m
Oct 2, 2020
Emma Hicks
First ride!
Aug 26, 2020
Jeff Neiman
Only one downed tree on the path! Thanks to whoever cleared the tees. The rest is beautifully soft with some loose bits and mud every so often. 9.9mi
Dec 9, 2018
Paul Wolfram
Nov 27, 2018
Paul Wolfram
Aug 11, 2018
Shaughn Bryant
Nice Balance of Ups and Downs. A few Downed Trees in the trail but theres about 3 or 4 that are rollable which make it fun.
May 6, 2018
Jane J
Bit scrappy. Ewan’s first wipe out! 6mi

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