1. Find Towpath Access: There is a rest room building in the northern most parking lot. Across the lot from the rest room is a short trail through the woods. Follow this trail to the towpath.
2. Right on Towpath: Turn right and follow the towpath for about 9 miles, until you enter Georgetown. Here, you will pass under the Key Birdge. Right after Key Bridge, use the footbridge to cross over to the other side of the canal.
3. Trail Narrows: Continue to follow canal for about 1 mile. The trail will become pretty narrow as you pass through the Georgetown canyon. Eventually, the trail will become brick paved, ending at the intersection with the Rock Creek Parkway.
4. Right at Rock Creek: Turn right and follow the path along on the parkway. Continue about 1 mile until you reach the Lincoln Memorial circle. Follow the circle clockwise until you reach the National Mall area. Use the Mall paths to access all major attractions.