Four Mile Run Trail


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Four Mile Run Trail Facts

States: Virginia
Counties: Arlington
Length: 6.2 miles
Trail end points: Bluemont Junction Park at Wilson Blvd and Mount Vernon Trail at Reagan National Airport
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6330408

Four Mile Run Trail Description

The Four Mile Run Trail traverses the Four Mile Run stream valley and has many twists and turns, not to mention steep sections (mercifully short). The trail more or less parallels the popular W&OD Trail, connecting to it in several places.

The trail begins in the north at Bluemont Junction Park, where the Bluemont Junction Trail provides a link to Arlington’s retail mecca of Ballston. Heading south, the trail is wooded and crosses the creek in numerous places, and you’re likely to see hordes of runners, cyclists, dog-walkers and families. You’ll also find a dog park off the trail in Shirlington.

Ultimately, the Four Mile Run Trail merges with the Mount Vernon Trail where the latter meets the southern edge of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and the Potomac River. Continue north on that trail to reach Rosslyn or south to visit George Washington’s famous estate. 

The Four Mile Run Trail, along with the Mount Vernon Trail, the W&OD Trail, and the Custis Trail, make up the Arlington Loop


Parking and Trail Access

The Four Mile Run Trail can be accessed from Bluemont Junction Park, where parking is available. To reach the park, travel west from Washington, D.C., on US 50 and turn right onto N. Manchester Street. Follow the road for 0.25 mile until it dead ends, and turn right into the parking lot.

From Ballston, travel southwest on Wilson Boulevard, and turn left onto N. Manchester Street. Take an immediate left into the parking lot.

Four Mile Run Trail Reviews

Good connector trail but has some detours right now

Started at the DCA trailhead and continued west to Shirlington Blvd. There is construction in the Glebe Road area that sends you off the trail on to the streets of Arlington for a couple blocks. Overall, the detours are not a big deal but they do involve waiting at street crossing lights. Trail (including the detour) was well marked and maintained. Our main goal was to ride on the W & OD Trail, so we only used a portion of the Four Mile Run Trail.

beautiful but confusing at times

Nice trail, relatively flat, winds through beautiful parks most of the time. Joins with the W&OD trail at times, perhaps by accident. It being my first time I wasn’t sure which way to go in a few places, and ended up on the other trail which was less scenic, and busier, but flat. Has lots of easy parking near the trail too.

Nice Connector to the W&OD

I've biked a section of this trail from the airport to where you connect with the W&OD. Nice, paved trail. Slight incline as you bike away from the airport and river.


I use this everyday to get to work. It is narrow at points but it's positively blissful compared to other trails nearby and it actually goes places. You can take this to Mount Vernon trail which will take you into old town alexandria or straight into DC. It also leads to the W&OD trail which leads all the way to Harper's Ferry.



I had a nice ride on a trail that just has to many twists and turns and is not as wide as it should be for me. It dose have a nice canopy and like the overview says it has a number of connections with the Washington and Old Dominion Trail so you need to give it a try as if it is not for you it is easy to get off and onto W&OD. There is not much bike traffic in fact there is not much traffic of any kind and it has a lot of great views. When you are on this trail it is hard to believe that you are so close to Washington DC. It has a feel like you are out in the middle of no where. I did this on my old Mt Bike and I needed all twenty one speeds. I was in my Granny gear more than a few times.

Great for my first ride

This was my first experience on a bike trail. I bought a bike a week ago and have been riding it on my trainer at home. Sense it finally stopped raining today I decide to brave the trail. Its was better then I expected I stared off riding toward Leesberg but I lost the trail. So I turned around and took the trail all the way to Shirlington. The trail was great, nice and paved and a smooth ride, and the people on the trail seamed very nice. I will say this the trail down to Shirlington seams a bit down hill and the right back seams all up hill so save your energy. All in all I had a blast and will be back tomorrow to see if I can beat my 18mil ride today.

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