Exploratory Jogging: Chasing Waterfalls
Windy Run Falls slows to a trickle during dry spells, but this isn’t a dry spell. The upcoming storm will have the falls roaring like the Pacific Northwest, so prepare to get wet and muddy!
We’ll cover just under five miles, soaking in the sights — including a large waterfall, an even bigger river, a forested stream, and several local parks — as we run at roughly 10:00 min/mi. The terrain will be a mix of dirt trails and pavement, and we’ll hike any sections where mud makes the footing treacherous.
Bring a hat and any other gear you need to be comfortable running in the rain. (If you’re carrying your phone, seal it in a plastic baggie!)
Here’s the estimated route. We’ve scouted the route successfully during torrential rain, but if the Potomac is running too high, we’ll skip the lowest-lying section of trail.
Theodore Roosevelt Island
In the Potomac River near the Key Bridge
Meet at the bike rack on the Virginia side of the footbridge to the island, accessible by bike via the Mt. Vernon Trail, by Metro via Rosslyn, or by car via the George Washington Parkway (northbound only).