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Martha Custis Trail is a 12.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Arlington County, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. 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.

road biking
5 months ago

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

road biking
7 months ago

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.

road biking
11 months ago

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

hiking
Sun May 20 2018

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
Mon Jan 16 2017

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

mountain biking
Mon Jan 16 2017

Way too urban!

Tue Sep 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.

Sun 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.

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6 months ago

recorded Recording - Aug 28, 09:29

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