4 Great Biking And Hiking Trails In Arlington, VA

While Arlington is best known for its urban skyline and close connection to D.C, it also boasts of having some of the best hiking/biking trails in the area.

With over 80 miles of paved and even more unpaved trails, locals take advantage of a woodsy scenic hike, jog, or bike every single day.

The trail at Gravelly Point

Below we’ve highlighted four of our favorites that you should definitely try out.

Mount Vernon Trail(near Gravelly Point Park)

This trail will take you along the Potomac River with unobstructed views of the capital.  You will cruise past open green spaces, old bridges, and marinas, and come upon the Gravelly Point Park, where you’ll get to see planes take off and land from nearby Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

The Arlington Loop

This is a combination of multiple bike trails that take you on 16.5 miles of scenic views of the capital skyline and around most of Arlington County. The loop mostly consists of paved trails that are separated from traffic with some going into secluded areas, ideal for relaxing along the way.

The W&OD Trail

This scenic trail starts in the Shirlington neighborhood and snakes its way 45 miles out to Purcellville, Virginia. If the distance is too far for you, you can go as far as you like and then turn back. There are some posted signs directing you to the New District Brewing Co. noting there’s water, air bike tools, and restrooms.

Theodore Roosevelt Island

Although Theodore Roosevelt Island is not technically in Arlington, the bridge that leads to this pedestrian paradise(with no bikes or cars) is located just outside Rosslyn. The park is located along the Mount Vernon Trail but bicycles are not permitted on the Island. You can lock your bike on the racks in the parking lot, and trek across the Potomac. Take a stroll to the Memorial Plaza and see the large statue of Teddy himself.

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