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The Exorcist Stairs

Site of the climactic scene from The Exorcist. 

If, for whatever reason, you happen to find yourself at the ExxonMobil gas station in Georgetown where M Street becomes Canal Road, you might notice an exceptionally long, steep staircase wedged between a stone wall and a brick warehouse.

For some, these stairs might look like little more than a daunting climb, but fans of the 1973 horror movie The Exorcist will likely recognize the site of the climactic final showdown between the self-sacrificing priest and the demon who possesses twelve-year-old Regan.

The stairs themselves, which provide a shortcut between Prospect Street NW above and Canal Road NW below, are made somewhat inherently creepy by their narrow dimensions and ivy-covered walls. The payoff upon reaching the top is minimal, revealing a rather bland concrete pathway leading to the steps. Still, it’s a worthwhile stop for movie buffs or anyone looking to incorporate a touch of spookiness into their daily workout.

Know Before You Go

Drive east along M Street. Just before it turn into Canal, you will see a gas station on the right. Pull over & park in the extra parking of the gas station. You will be right at the bottom of the stairs.

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