Capital Crescent Ramble Trail

EASY 29 reviews

Capital Crescent Ramble Trail is a 14 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bethesda, Maryland that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

14.0 miles
403 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

wheelchair friendly


cross country skiing

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking


trail running



rails trails


wild flowers


10 months ago

5-miler @ 4.2mph speed. Two tiny jogs at road crossings, otherwise all hiking. Took 3 pics: one at the beginning (public parking), one at the 2.5-mile turnaround, and at the end (Calypso). Smooth summer night hike!

11 months ago

Wanted to finish hiking this super-low elevation trail at 4.0 mph or faster. This is an excellent, well-paved, easy trail for many activities -- walking, hiking, running, biking, rollerblading and skating, bird watching, the list goes on and on. Although usually populated, this trail's environment offers enough individuality, tranquility, and inner peace to allow one to not mind the crowd. I will be visiting this trail frequently.

I actually hiked 3.5-3.6 miles because my out-n-back turn-around point was at 1.75-1.8 miles -- so, about 0.2 miles was unrecorded. I was trekking along nicely when I looked and my recorded track was stopped. I'm not sure why it stops sometimes. Perhaps toggling back and forth between apps (which is what I was doing, listening to music while hiking) is a cue to stop recording the track. I was consistently checking, so I missed only 2/10 of a mile's worth of data.

I'm happy with this hike. My challenge for this trail is to finish 2.5 hours of hiking at 4.0 mph or better, with absolutely no running (5-mile turn-around point in 75 minutes). This is easier said than done for many.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Great for biking, C & O canal (which runs parallel) is better for walking

Friday, September 02, 2016

It's a nicely manicured trail. Beautiful scenery along the way. I'd definitely do it again

Monday, November 23, 2015

Great ride into DC stayed to see the fireworks

road biking
Sunday, August 02, 2015

Great biking trail!

road biking
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Great for biking. Can take this straight from Bethesda area into DC with very little difficulty, potential for good speed :o) . Now has pit stops along the way for minor bike repairs (air, chain fix). Also note: if you're biking, be nice to your fellow trail users and let them know when you're passing. I've seen a lot of oblivious people nearly get run over. Has a lovely section that goes through forested area near the canal. Can continue off the trail through DC up to Hains Point if you really want a good ride. Have accessed all sorts of other parts of DC from here, from The National Mall to Union Station to the Zoo.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Nice trail but crowded especially the Montgomery county section and especially on weekends. Many who live near the trail seems like treat the trail like an extension of their backyards while the rest of us are trying to get from point a to b or get some exercise. If walking or running be aware that bicycles share the trail. A better option for hikers/runners might be the C&O Trail which runs parallel to this trail for the first 2 or so miles out of Georgetown.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Walked 2/3 of the trail walking down to my office in DC. It's a beautiful urban trail. It's flat, paved and safe for everyone. It's mostly used by biker except for the section from Bethesda ave to Sibley hospital. The variety is great: calm green neighborhoods, tunnels, bridge, noisy street, C&O canal and finally the Potomac.

mountain biking
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road biking
3 months ago

mountain biking
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mountain biking
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road biking
Monday, September 21, 2015

Monday, September 14, 2015

road biking
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011