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Explore the best rated trails in Dale City, VA. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Metropolitan Branch Trail and Meadowlark Connector Trail. With more than 99 trails covering 4507 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

Recent Trail Reviews

Cameron Station Linear Park

Quiet, short, and sweet!

May, 2023 by lioness0109

Quiet trail for walking and biking with lots of beautiful trees and birds. Runs parallel to the Cameron Station housing development and alongside Backlick Run. Partial shade and mostly flat with only slight elevation changes in a couple of spots. Short and sweet!

Anacostia River Trail

Beautiful Trail

May, 2023 by gcavon4u

Nice trail with a variety of parks and rivers and bridges and lakes. Visiting the Aquatic Park and Gardens was a real treat. It's right off the trail. Weekends can be a bit crowded and the trail is narrow but it a must do. Markers guide you along the way, there's lots of separate intersecting trails.

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Our Favirite

May, 2023 by gcavon4u

For scenic views and a step back in time this trail is a must. It's muddy, especially right after rain. We avoid our e-bike on this trail due to the mud, but it's mainly flat. Paw paw tunnel is a must see, but it's nothing out there along the way. Harpers Ferry is gorgeous and historic. Bring your Bug Guard you'll need it. And your swim tube.


Mount Vernon Trail

Too many tree roots making the trail very bumpy. My wheels are not true anymore...

May, 2023 by refresh777

Too many tree roots making the trail very bumpy. My wheels are not true anymore...

Railroad Ford Trail

No bikes or horses allowed, roots would make wheelchair mostly impossible

May, 2023 by gibsontw

No bikes or horses allowed, roots would make wheelchair mostly impossible

Railroad Ford Trail

Approx 3/4 of the trail has views of the lake, beautiful sunset views! Way too many roots for a wheelchair.

May, 2023 by gibsontw

Approx 3/4 of the trail has views of the lake, beautiful sunset views! Way too many roots for a wheelchair.

Great American Rail-Trail

Great Allegheny Trail southeast of Pittsburgh?

April, 2023 by eshawger

Surprised to see this amazing trail that has great bed and breakfasts along it is not noted as part of the Great American Rail Trail. It sure would help demonstrate more GART completion if it was.

Sligo Creek Trail

Very nice trail, especially at the northern end.

April, 2023 by davidjoosten

Easily found parking at Green Meadows Park on a weekday, and went 'back' a mile or so to the south in order to start the trail at the very beginning. The overall trail is in very good shape, the only issues occurring when I ran into road or trail construction - not a trail issue (and eventually a trail benefit, I'd guess). While the entire trail is very nice (and not quite 10 miles, by my GPS) the southern end, where I started, is not as pleasant as the northern end - there's a few busy roads to cross that take away from the feeling of nature. (One peculiarity - when crossing Riggs Road at the pedestrian crosswalk, that has a 'push button to turn on flashing lights' button, you are unable to see the lights yourself - makes the whole 'safety' thing a bit dodgy as you're not sure when the cars are stopping for you. I used the crosswalk at the nearby cross street on my return). My only suggestion regarding the trail would be to put a few more trail signs - as a first-timer I felt the need to double check that I was still on the trail, using my bike GPS, quite a few times.

Henson Creek Trail

Runners Paradise

April, 2023 by lyshellstanza

I recently moved to the area and needed to find a trail nearby. So happy I found Henson Creek.

Cross County Trail (VA)

Long, multi use trail

March, 2023 by mramat

This trail is mostly paved and runs through varied terrain. It travels along a creek, through the woods, near an old repurposed prison, and several neighborhoods. I started at the Southern terminus. Time only allowed me to ride the southern 10 miles (10 out and 10 back). Although paved, I’d recommend a hybrid, gravel, mountain or comfort bike of you are biking it. There are rooted areas and some creek crossings with cement stepping areas to get across. There were very few on the trail on the Wednesday afternoon that I wenrX There are some tricky forks in the path. Make sure you have a map or app accessible.

Mount Vernon Trail

great scenic trail along the Potomac River

February, 2023 by mramat

This trail is mostly paved with some boardwalks. It travels mostly along the Potomac River. It is well marked except for a few spots where it joins the road in Alexandria. There are several spots to park along the trail and several parks along the trail. You can ride any type of bike on this trail , but due to some bumps and routes, I think a road bike would be uncomfortable. Walking or running in the trail should be very easy.

Potomac Yard Trail

great connector

February, 2023 by asaorrinbrown

This trail is paved and in good condition. Used by cyclists, runners, dog walkers and walkers pretty evenly. Connects Braddock metro and Del Ray to Crystal City. Target, Long Bridge rec center, Mount Vernon trail, and soon the long bridge crossing into DC!

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