Custis Trail

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map of the Custis Trail

The Custis Trail is a hilly, 4 mi (6.4 km) paved bicycle trail in Arlington County, Virginia that extends from Key Bridge at Rosslyn westward to the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Trail.[1][2] It connects at its east end to the Mount Vernon Trail, which continues east and south along the Potomac River to Mount Vernon and at its west end to the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Trail, which continues northwest to Purcellville, Virginia.

The Custis Trail was built alongside Interstate 66 (named the Custis Memorial Parkway in Virginia east of the Capital Beltway) for $2.5 million.[3] I-66 had been rejected by the federal government and so the trail was added to the project to win approval. The trail opened in the summer of 1982 a little before the highway did. Originally, the Custis Trail (or I-66 Trail) extended 8.5 miles into Falls Church, but the section from Bon Air Park to Falls Church was later re-branded as part of the W&OD Trail.[4]

The trail connects to the Key Bridge into Georgetown near the southern end of the Capital Crescent Trail, and to the Mount Vernon Trail, which provides access to three Potomac River crossings into downtown Washington, D.C. (the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge, the Arlington Memorial Bridge and the George Mason Memorial Bridge (see: 14th Street Bridge)).[2]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Custis Trail". Bike Washington. Retrieved 2011-12-25. 
  2. ^ a b "Arlington County Bike Map" (PDF). Bike Arlington. Arlington, Virginia: Arlington County Department of Environmental Services. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-11-10. Retrieved 2011-12-24. 
  3. ^ "Arlington Virginia List of State Roads". Environmental Services. Government of Arlington County, Virginia. 2009-07-14. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  4. ^ Hodge, Paul (22 December 1982). "$2.5-Million Bicycle Path Along I-66 Wins Praise". Retrieved 14 June 2017. 

Coordinates: 38°53′14″N 77°07′03″W / 38.887242°N 77.117378°W / 38.887242; -77.117378