(F) Glover Archbold Trail
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This 3.1-mile trail runs from Van Ness Street, four blocks south of the Tenleytown Metro station, to the Potomac River and the Capital Crescent Trail (trail A) and C&O Canal Tow Path (trail B). Along the way, there are signed intersections with the Wesley Heights Trail (trail E), which connects with the Potomac River to the west, and the Whitehaven Trail (trail G), which connects with Rock Creek Park to the east. The distance between these trail intersections is about one-half mile. It is about 2 miles from the Wesley Heights Trail (trail E) intersection to the Potomac River.
The 183-acre Glover Archbold Park was donated to the city in 1924 by Charles C. Glover and Anne Archbold (a former Riggs Bank executive and Standard Oil of New Jersey heiress, respectively) to be used as a bird sanctuary. It contains trees that are 150 to 200 years old.
Near the Potomac River, the trail passes below Canal Road and the C&O Canal in a stone-lined tunnel that is part of the original C&O Canal construction. The tunnel provided access to the Potomac River for the Foxall Foundry, which was one of Georgetown's largest industries, producing cannons and munitions from 1803 to 1854.
At Reservoir Road, the trailhead going north is opposite 44th Street. Going south from Reservoir Road, you must cross an open, grassy field (the trail is not marked here) to reach the trail, at the bottom of the field. Unfortunately, the northern end of the trail, a 0.6-mile stretch between Massachusetts Ave. and Van Ness Street, is closed temporarily so that toxic PCBs, dumped by the Naval Security Station, can be removed.
From the northern end of the trail, you can walk east six blocks on city streets to the Melvin Hazen Trail (trail K), or nine blocks to the Soapstone Valley Trail (trail M), both of which connect to Rock Creek Park. This makes it possible to complete a 7.5-mile loop, using trails M (from Soapstone Valley), J, H (or I), and G.
To go from the Glover Archbold trail to the Melvin Hazen Trail (trail K), you can go right (east) on Van Ness Street for four blocks and turn right on Reno Road for two blocks. A more scenic but complicated route goes right (east) on Van Ness for three blocks, right (south) one block on 37th Street, left (east) one block on Tilden Street, right (south) one block on Idaho Ave., and left (east) one block on Springland Lane. To go from Glover Archbold Trail to the Soapstone Valley Trail (trail M), go right (east) on Van Ness for seven blocks, then go left (north) on Connecticut Avenue for two blocks and turn right on Windom Place. Walk down the driveway alongside the apartment building and look for a trail sign on the left.
Metro Access: From the Tenleytown Metro station, walk south four blocks on Wisconsin Avenue, and go left one block on Van Ness Street.
(G) Whitehaven Trail
This 1-mile trail connects the Dumbarton Oaks arm of Rock Creek Park with the Foundry Branch valley in Glover Archbold Park. To reach this trail from the Dumbarton Oaks Trail (trail I) at its east end, walk west along Whitehaven Street, cross Wisconsin Avenue, and continue west for two blocks on Whitehaven Parkway to 37th Street. Alternatively, you can use the trail on the hillside immediately above (north) of Whitehaven Parkway.
At 37th Street, continue west across a grassy field to the trailhead. After climbing a hill, continue west across another ball field. Trails resume on either end of the west side of this ball field, converging in the woods after skirting a public garden. The trail drops into Foundry Branch valley and connects with the Glover Archbold Trail (trail F).
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