Best trails in Arlington County, Virginia

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Looking for a great trail near Arlington County, Virginia? AllTrails has 7 great trail running trails, forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Seneca Creek State Park or Rosaryville State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Sugarloaf Mountain Natural Area or Great Falls Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 5 easy trails in Arlington County ranging from 1.4 to 44.5 miles and from 13 to 616 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Arlington County, Virginia
Top trails (7)
#1 - Washington and Old Dominion Trail
Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park
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Length: 44.5 mi • Est. Multi-day
NOTE: As of March 2020, the first portion of the trail has detours and construction. A long, beautifully paved, shaded trail with surreal views of streams. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved, smooth, and typically at least eight feet wide. The average grade is estimated at 2% and the max grade is 4% so most wheelchair/mobility equipment or stroller users will likely find this trail navigable.Show more
#2 - Donaldson Run Trail and White Trail
Potomac Overlook Regional Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 50 m
This is marked as the Donaldson Run Trail and White Trail once inside. From the access at street level (30th Street) the sign at the top of the steps says Donaldson Run Stream Valley. It begins with stairs that descend to one water crossing over the Donaldson Run, then wooded paths, eventually requiring a few more water crossings, a dam and then a few more water crossings to get toward the George Washington Parkway, the Potomac Heritage Trail, and the Potomac River. This is a trailhead without an official parking lot, but there is street-side parking along 30th by the trailhead. Show more
#3 - Potomac Heritage Trail
Arlington County, Virginia
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Length: 19.2 mi • Est. 8 h 51 m
#4 - Curtis Trail
Arlington County, Virginia
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 1 h 52 m
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%.Show more
#5 - Custis Trail, Washington and Old Dominion Trail, and Mount Vernon Trail Loop
Arlington County, Virginia
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Length: 15.9 mi
This is a great route for road biking. Cyclists can start almost anywhere along this route, as it crosses many roads. The route can be done in either direction. The entire loop is on paved shared-use paths, separate from vehicular traffic.Show more
#6 - Donaldson Run Loop
Potomac Overlook Regional Park
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 35 m
#7 - Potomac Overlook Trail
Potomac Overlook Regional Park
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 41 m