Martha Custis Trail

MODERATE 9 reviews

Martha Custis Trail is a 12.9 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
12.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
396 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.

mountain biking
10 months ago

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

mountain biking
10 months ago

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.

11 days ago

hiking
4 months ago

Saturday, December 10, 2016

hiking
Saturday, January 26, 2013