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Top 10 Metro Accessible Running Trails in DC according to Park Van Ness

by Prince Of Petworth April 27, 2017 at 1:45 pm 9 Comments

From Park Van Ness:

“Washington, DC is a beautiful city for runners to explore. For athletes who are looking for softer turf, the district is full of national parks with excellent running routes. Take a look at the top 10 metro-accessible running trails in the DMV.” (map after the jump – it was affecting some folks who have older browsers.)

  • Evan Tupac Grooter

    I’m surprised the Metropolitan Branch Trail didn’t make it. Great for a run, IMHO.

  • Anonymous

    This is great, but there are several Metro stations closer to Hains Point than Foggy Bottom?

  • NH Ave Hiker

    One of my favorite trail runs in DC is the Valley Trail between Blagden Ave and Military Road. It’s actually pretty challenging with a lot of ups and downs.

  • TechnologicallyIneptMillenial

    Any chance you have the original URL for the map? It’s not functioning great with either of my (updated) browsers, and I’d love to use it. Tried poking around the Park Van Ness website and couldn’t seem to find the post, either. Thanks!

  • wolfpackwx

    Not sure why W&OD Trail from East Falls Church metro stop didn’t make it if Custis trail did. Wide open and “mostly” flat between Ballston and Falls Church and on out to Vienna.

    • kwame

      Agreed, much better suited for running. The hills on Custis are brutal.

  • Mars

    Custis Trail is overrated – it’s really hilly, there is a lot of pollution from the traffic from I-66, and there’s not much to look at, other than a big barrier wall and suburban Arlington streets. The mall is also overrated unless you go early to avoid all the tourists. What about the Glover-Archibold Trail? It’s close to Tenleytown Metro, quiet, and really a great escape from the city.

    • DF

      Yep, I love looping down the Rock Creek Path, cross up through Dumbarton on the Whitehaven trail to Glover Archbald. Head north to Tenley, come down Upton St to the Melvin Hazen Trail down across CT back to Rock Creek Park. There’s quite a bit of connecting trails and you can get a little lost, but it’s a fun route with a mix of pavement and trails.


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