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Lost Streams of DC: A Preview Bike Tour

D.C. wasn’t always a city. The District was once farmland, drained by marshy streams and rushing creeks.

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Rock Creek Trail in front of Thompson Boat Center 2900 Virginia Ave NW Washington, DC 20037

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Come along on a preview of a bike tour that traces one of D.C.'s lost streams.

D.C. wasn’t always a city. The District was once farmland, drained by marshy streams and rushing creeks. On this tour, we'll trace the onetime course of Tiber Creek, the largest of these buried streams, from its mouth near the Lincoln Memorial, up past the Capitol, and north through Bloomingdale, until we find water flowing on the surface again at the Old Soldiers Home.

The meeting location's changed because of construction: we'll now meet on the north end of the plaza at the Lincoln Memorial, near the intersection with Henry Bacon Drive . The tour wraps up at Monroe St. Market, next to Brookland Metro.

Total distance is 9 miles. This is a modest-paced ride, in traffic, on paths and on city streets. Some of these streets are not particularly bike-friendly—Tiber Creek wasn't so obliging. Take care and ride at your own risk.

For more, see the main tour page.