Martha Custis Trail

MODERATE 11 reviews

Martha Custis Trail is a 12.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Arlington, Virginia that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
12.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
669 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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Martha Custis Trail runs parallel to I-66 through Arlington, and it connects the W&OD trail with downtown Washington DC. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

hiking
3 months ago

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.

mountain biking
Monday, January 16, 2017

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

mountain biking
Monday, January 16, 2017

Way too urban!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

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.

hiking
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hiking
Saturday, January 26, 2013