Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
Living in a major city can be a pain for runners in addition to a risk: There’s nothing that will ruin your day like almost getting hit by a vehicle when all you’re doing is trying to stay in shape. (Hear that, Maryland drivers?) That’s why I’m thankful for Rock Creek Park, an oasis in an urban desert, which gives runners a trail that runs north of Klingle Road NW along a quaint brook with a tiny waterfall and abutted by a historic cottage with a waterwheel. Keep going and you’ll find the real nature trails, à la Thoreau.