Trail Walks & Hikes

Please visit the Wolf Trap NPS site for the most up-to-date details on the park’s status:

Please also visit our Facebook page for the most up-to-date information on Friends of Wolf Trap events and news:

Each month, typically on the first Sunday of the month, Wolf Trap NPS & Friends of Wolf Trap hosts a Trail Walk at the park.  Hike through the woods, across streams and over to a pond and wetlands area.  Learn about biodiversity, forest succession and sustainable gardens.  There are two overlapping trails in the park that provide opportunities for visitors to hike and bird watch.
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Wolf Trap TRACK Trail (approximately 1.5 miles)

Winding through the woods and over Wolf Trap Run, the TRACK Trail is a great way to explore the outdoors. This orange-blazed trail is oriented for children and families, but is also great for those interested in a more leisurely hike. The trail head and self-guided adventures can be found in the Meadow, but the hike can be started from any point and by following the footprints or logos. 

Download the Wolf Trap TRACK Trail Map

Wolf Trap Trail (approximately 2.5 miles)

This trail takes hikers around the less developed perimeter of the park and features portions of woodland and wetland areas. The trail was developed and is maintained by Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC). The trail can be started from any point of the map, following the blue blazes. Green blazed shortcuts allow hikers to shorten the hike or visit Theatre-in-the-Woods. 

Download the Wolf Trap Trail Map

First Sunday Wolf Trap Hikes 

Join NPS & FOWT volunteers for a free guided hike on the first Sunday of each month. The hikes start at the Filene Center Main Gate (Box Office) and last about 2 hours. Walks will focus on different topics: history, biodiversity, wild flower and woodland shade gardens, birds, and general flora and fauna. Times and topics vary and traditionally follow the Wolf Trap Trail loop (2.7 miles). Please dress appropriately for a hike and weather.

See Events Page For Full List or Visit the FOWT Facebook page for full details on the Monthly Hikes.

Wolf Trap’s First Day Hike

Join trail volunteers for Wolf Trap’s First Day Hike on January 1 (time TBD). The hikes typically start at the Filene Center Main Gate (Box Office). Please dress appropriately for the weather and a hike.

“First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to encourage people to get outdoors. On New Year’s Day, hundreds of free, guided hikes will be organized in all 50 states. Kids and adults all across America will be participating in First Day Hikes, getting their hearts pumping and enjoying the beauty of a state park…. nearly 55,000 people rang in the New Year, collectively hiking over 133,000 miles throughout the country on the guided hikes. Numerous others hiked state park trails throughout the day.” 

Learn more about First Day Hikes at America’s State Parks website

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Trail Walks & Hikes

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