Curtis Trail is a 4.6 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Arlington County, Virginia that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.6 miElevation gain419 ftRoute typePoint to point
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The Martha Custis Trail runs parallel to I-66 through Arlington, and it connects the W&OD trail with downtown Washington DC. This paved trail offers a number of activity options and is open year-round. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved and typically at least six feet wide. Past 0.8 miles the estimated grade goes from gentle to moderately steep as there are multiple sections around 8%.

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Luc Atangana
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Glenn Weeks
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Hiking

Great walk. Some maintenance on W&OD. Trumpers slowed down my pace, and talk of storming the capital caused me to turn around earlier than I had hoped.

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Justin Dean
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Hiking

Nice walk with the pup!

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S Gamble
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Road biking

It was actually a ride on a beautiful late fall day, more for a good workout than scenery this time of year. But there were some lovely spots still along the way and, again, just the right amount of ride to get some good excercise.

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Leon Scott
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Mountain biking

Awe skeet skeet got dang.

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William Stryjewski
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Road biking

Always fun

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Leon Scott
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Road biking

A lot detours and closures. But i gotter dun! lol

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Leon Coleman
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Road bikingGreat!

Great ride but some slick spots due to the wet leaves. Most people star to the right but had a couple people making their own rules by running towards me on my right side.

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Raoul Tecala
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Road bikingGreat!
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Leon Scott
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mike jasser
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Leon Scott
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Leon Scott
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Kuzya Westie
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Tami Smith
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Hiking

Custis Trail VA

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Dimone Long
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Hiking

Great trail .... hard to find the end of trail because the W&O IS CUT off at the end of this trail. Do not start at Theodore Roosevelt Park. Very hilly from that direction.

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Darren Durkee
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Road biking

Seems to be more of a commuter trail than a scenic Trail. Parallels a lot of highways.

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Lee Furches
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Road biking

Good ride, but pretty strenuous for an "Easy" trail, at least on a touring bike. I tackled this one early afternoon on Labor Day with temps in the mid- to upper-80s and humidity around 55%. There are several significant hills, if not in grade then in length. I will admit I had to walk my bike to the top of one of them toward the end of the ride. Moderately trafficked closer to the Potomac; relatively light elsewhere. Did the out-and-back in the reverse, which took me 31:48 heading east (mostly downhill, fresh legs), but 44:53 heading west (mostly uphill, getting tired). Road bikers beware, the western-most half mile or so as depicted on the AllTrails route map is on a narrow, crushed gravel path through Isaac Crossman Park. Better on at least a hybrid but best on a mountain bike. Or you can just bypass it altogether. Not sure it's intended for anything other than foot traffic anyway.

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Chris C
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Road biking

Decent trail but a lot of debree comes up from the highway and it’s fairly hilly. Not very scenic either.

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Angelo W.
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Today was the hottest day of the year thus far at 85 degrees. The Martha Custis Trail is 100% paved, which means convection and radiant heat coming up from the pavement, while solar heat from the sun beams down — it’s like being in an oven. I haven’t adapted to running in hot weather this year yet. So, I knew that this run was going to suck. I started out at about 11 am, and what was planned to be a trail running activity turned into a day hike activity, fairly quickly. The heat was just too much trying to maintain a 10K pace. I ended up jogging and taking breaks often, the whole distance. Other than that the trail was great! Just beware of the many bikers. I ended up completing a total distance of 14 miles at 735 feet elevation gain, when you converge my two recordings. I plan to start these runs earlier, like 15 minutes before the break of dawn or thereabout. The aim is better quality outings. I’ll bag this one and look to do better next time out.

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Elena Tate
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Mountain biking

There were nice parts, but why put a trail next to an interstate?

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Alan Bourne
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Mountain biking

Way too urban!

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P Piperus
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My fave running trail by far. Undulating hills (sometimes steep) with nice vegetation around. Will take you from Falls Church/Arlington to the edge of DC and back. It coasts along the busy 66. You can also pick up the best Italian sub and NY style pizza at the Italian Store, between mile 2.5 and 3. Also, there is something satisfying about beating the stalled traffic in the morning commute by bike to Georgetown U. Water stops at mile 0 and 2.

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Paul Severance
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First to Review

This trail goes about 5 miles from the Potomac River in Rosslyn (where it hooks up with the Mt Vernon Trail) to the WOD Trail. It's not a rail to trail trail, which means it is hilly - rails to trails are less hilly because the trains that formerly used the routes couldn't handle steeper grades. It's shady, not too crowded, and will get you to any number of places in Arlington, especially along the Orange Line Metro. Highly recommended.

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Marvin Lovos
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Amirarsalan Pakravan
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Ryan Ermovick
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A&D 4evr!
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xaxoi N
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Chris D
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