There are many multi-use trails in District parks, and many of them offer secluded and scenic areas. While using the trails, it is important to remember that the parks receive over six million visitations each year, so it is not unusual to encounter other people, even in seemingly secluded areas.
If you see anyone who makes you feel uncomfortable, trust your instincts and go the other way. Better yet, share your outdoor experience by walking with friends or family members and report anything you feel is suspicious to the park police.
Burglars use parks to prey on those who are using the park legitimately. Remember to lock your car and do not leave valuables in the passenger compartment. Auto burglars sometimes frequent park areas because they know that people hiking, fishing, boating and other park users may be a considerable distance away from their cars for extended periods of time.