The Deschutes River runs through the center of Bend Oregon.
Last August, we hiked a 5-mile loop through these woods and across the river. Downstream from this spot, people were putting in rafts and paddleboards. This beautiful forest is an integral part of the city of Bend. Hiking, rafting, and paddle boarding are part of the daily routine for locals. Living close to nature is not only fun, it's really good for us too!
A study published by NIH in the Environmental Health Perspectives found that people who live in greener areas have a lower risk of mortality. In fact, people living in the greenest places, with the most vegetation within 800 feet of their home, have lower rates of respiratory disease, cancer and kidney disease. It makes sense that places with more vegetation are less polluted. And green spaces encourage people to get outside and walk, run and interact with other people.
In the Greater Washington D.C. area, there are many parks and green spaces.
Our most famous- Rock Creek Park which winds through N.W. Washington D.C. and up through Montgomery County Maryland. There are hiking, biking and horse trails through the park and beside the creek. In fact, one of the entrances to the National Zoo is located in Rock Creek Park. Meadowside Nature Center is in Rock Creek Park and features 8 miles of trails.
Neighborhoods that are close to Rock Creek Park include; N.W. Washington DC, Chevy Chase Maryland, Rockville & Kensington Maryland.
Sligo Creek Park is several miles long-from Takoma Park to Silver Spring Maryland. Neighborhoods close to Sligo Creek include; Takoma Park, Wheaton & Silver Spring Maryland.
The Capital Crescent Trail is an 11-mile trail from Georgetown in Washington D.C. to Bethesda Maryland and east to Silver Spring Maryland. Part of the trail follows the old Baltimore & Ohio railroad track. Neighborhoods close to the trail include; Georgetown in Washington D.C., N.W. Washington D.C., Bethesda, Silver Spring & Potomac Maryland.
Great Falls Park is one of the most beautiful parks in Virginia.
The 800-acre park is along the Potomac River. There is a Great Falls Park on the Maryland side but the Virginia park is a local favorite. Neighborhoods near Great Falls include; Mclean, Langley and Arlington Virginia.
Throughout Fairfax County Virginia, there are parks offering hiking trails and camping. If you are looking for a home near nature, the Washington D.C. area has much to offer! See the links below for more information about buying a home near nature in the Washington Area.