Getting active doesn’t mean you have to run a marathon or finish a Spartan death race. One of the best ways of getting and keeping fit is walking. There are many creative ways to get your 10,000 steps in each day, and Washington has some beautiful locations for those steps.
Stewart Parkway on the waterfront is the absolute jewel walk in Washington. A 3/8 mile of brick promenade, it’s a fun walk in the river breeze, watching boats glide by, taking in the sunrise/sunset. The parkway connects with another 3/8 mile of elevated, lighted boardwalk through a wetland area. As you step the boardwalk you’ll see ducks, turtles, and fish frolicking in the water. Papa’s Playground at nearby Festival Park is a good place to take a break with the kiddos. You’ll be so entertained you will have racked up some serious steps in no time.
Jack’s Creek Greenway is another delightful walk with benches along the way and a playground on the grounds. You’ll likely spy some geese as you make your way through.
A lot of walkers choose Oakdale Cemetery for their daily stroll. Amazing oak trees and charming crepe myrtles offer ample shade throughout.
Just a few miles to the east is Goose Creek State Park. With 8 miles of hiking trails winding through the park (which is situated on the Pamlico River), it is a hiker’s and nature lover’s paradise. The Flatty Creek Trail loops through an upland forest and incorporates short stretches of boardwalk across wetlands.
The Goose Creek Trail runs from the campground at the mouth of Goose Creek to the riverfront, passing through black gum and cypress swamps. Others at the park include the Huckleberry Trail, the Ivey Gut Trail, and the Live Oak Trail. There are picnic areas scattered throughout for a bite of lunch or just a break. You will have those steps in and feel healthier and more in touch with nature after your time here.
The Susie McConnell Sports complex also boasts a small walking trail. Also with a playground nearby.
If you want your four-legged kids to get some exercise as well, take them to the Washington Off-Leash Dog Park. After all, Fido needs to get his steps in, too!
So, get out, get active, and get walking! Washington is a perfect place for it!