The National Mall and Memorial Parks TRACK Trail is in Constitution Gardens. The trail is 0.6 miles one-way (1.2 miles roundtrip) between the Information Kiosk and the Lock Keeper’s House.
Due to high volume of visitors, paper brochures are not available. Please download or print the brochure prior to your hike.
Constitution Gardens contains a large lake, the Memorial to the 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence, three Vietnam War memorials, and several walkways and park benches. Located in West Potomac Park, near the intersection of Constitution Avenue and 17th Street, NW, along the northern edge of the National Mall, the area provides several opportunities for viewing the distinctive city skyline surrounding the U.S. Capitol building and the Washington Monument.
Constitution Gardens is a living legacy to the founding of the republic as well as an oasis in the midst of a city landscape. The 50 acres of the park were originally beneath the Potomac River. Near the end of the nineteenth century, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers initiated a dredging project that created the land that became Potomac Park.
Adventures for National Mall and Memorial Parks
The KIP trailhead sign is on the east side of the NPS Kiosk building between the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial.
Interstate 395 provides access to the Mall from the South. Interstate 495, New York Avenue, Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, George Washington Memorial Parkway, and the Cabin John Parkway provide access from the North. Interstate 66, U.S. Routes 50 and 29 provide access from the West. U.S. Routes 50, 1, and 4 provide access from the East.
Several major bicycle trails make their ways to and through Washington, D.C. The Nation's Capital area is extremely bicycle friendly and readily accessible to riders of nearly every skill level. For detailed information about bicycle riding in the area, consult the Bicycling Information link.
By Public Transportation
There are several Metro train and bus routes from the suburban areas surrounding the city. In addition to Washington, D.C. public transportation, adjacent state and commonwealth transportation authorities offer train service from area cites to the Nation's Capital. Consult the Public Transportation link for additional details.
General visitor parking is available along Ohio Drive, SW between the Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson Memorials. Bus parking is available primarily along Ohio Drive, SW near the Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson Memorials and along Ohio Drive, SW in East Potomac Park. See the Maps section for a detailed understanding of these areas.
There is limited handicapped parking at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt and World War II Memorials and near the Washington Monument and the Thomas Jefferson, Lincoln, Korean War Veterans, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Vietnam Veterans Memorials; otherwise, parking is extremely scarce in Washington, D.C.
The National Mall and Memorial Parks TRACK Trail was made possible by a partnership between the National Park Service and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation's Kids in Parks program. This project was financed in part by the National Park Service’s CONNECT TRAILS TO PARKS program, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System in 2018.