Looking for a good place to get out and explore on two wheels? Here’s a sampler of seven popular trails in the DC area. Follow the links at the bottom of the list to find even more.
Washington & Old Dominion Trail — The W&OD, a popular paved rail trail, runs 45 miles from Shirlington to Purcellville.
Mount Vernon Trail — a multi-use paved trail following the Potomac from George Washington’s Mt. Vernon estate to Teddy Roosevelt Island. It connects with several regional trails along the way.
Anacostia Tributary Trail System — ten miles of interconnected greenspace from the Bladensburg Waterfront Park to Beltsville along tributaries of the Anacostia River.
Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath — The historic towpath, which is packed dirt, follows the Potomac River for 184.5 miles from Washington to Cumberland, MD, with primitive campsites along the way.
Washington, Baltimore & Annapolis Trail — The WB&A rail trail is a new project, with two sections (about nine miles) completed between Lanham and and the Pautuxent River. It will eventually become part of the East Coast Greenway.
Rock Creek Trail –This 14-mile trail in Montgomery County runs from Rockville to the DC border along the Rock Creek stream valley.
Martha Custis Trail — It’s only four miles long, but it connects to the Mt. Vernon Trail and the W&OD and runs alongside I-66.
Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT) — This proposed eight-mile trail will run from Union Station to Silver Spring along the B&O Railroad line, passing through several historic neighborhoods.