Get on your bikes and ride! Vol. 2 – I-66 Custis Trail


Following Interstate 66 in Arlington, the I-66 Custis Trail is a challenging course between East Falls Church and Rosslyn. Since I-66 is mostly built below street level, the trail has varying gradients to accommodate the bridges over the highway with the trail tending to rise into the overpass. This easily creates the best short workout available along area trails, which can be good or bad, depending on why you ride. The westbound approach to Glebe Road is a nasty climb.

While the trail is well landscaped, you may not care for the scenery if you are not fond of highways (and for that matter commuter rail) and the noise that they bring. Still, it serves many Arlington neighborhoods and contributes to the mutlimodal nature of the corridor. Since trucks are prohibited on I-66, the aural sensation is mostly white noise (granted, loud white noise), unless a Metro train is passing through. Near the eastern terminus in Rosslyn, it connects to the Mount Vernon trail via the Rosslyn connector, while the western terminus is on the Washington & Old Dominion Trail, linking it to the rest of the Northern Virginia trail network.

1 Comment so far

  1. Jack (unregistered) on March 15th, 2007 @ 7:55 am

    I used to ride the Custis trail to and from the district every day when I lived in NoVa. That hill before Glebe was my nemesis and the single best workout I’ve had in the DC area. Also going down into the city you could build up such a sweet head of steam and as long as the the traffic didn’t get in your way you could basically make it to georgetown without a single pedal.

    Thanks for these Bike trail vignettes, keep em coming

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