The path through the trees along the Sligo Creek Trail.

It’s always nice to get away from the busyness of the city. Wilderness areas can make for wonderful getaways, but we don’t always have them nearby. Instead, we can enjoy parks and other green spaces that push back against the city. The Sligo Creek Trail is an example of a nice, long green space in the northern suburbs of Washington, DC. It winds through wooded areas with neighborhoods almost always hidden behind dense forest.

Areas like this might not seem like part of the urban landscape. But we don’t create them just so people can wander around. They preserve the natural beauty of the area. Paths run out into surrounding neighborhoods. And they provide a buffer between development and the water that drains into estuaries and wetlands. It might not always be a large buffer, but it’s better than nothing.

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James Smith