Navigate the Arlington Loop with Ease Using New Maps

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Katy Lang was previously Program Director for Active Transportation. She started living car-free in Arlington in 2010 and is passionate about finding great running routes and safety for people walking and biking.

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The Arlington Loop, a 16-mile paved network of Arlington Trails, has some new wayfinding to help trail users get around.

If you’ve traveled the Arlington Loop recently, you may have noticed some bright new wayfinding maps. At four locations along the Loop, new signs have been installed to help trail users orient themselves, find ways to and from other paths and trails in Arlington, and encourage folks to explore Arlington’s neighborhoods from the trail.

What Makes the Arlington Loop?

The Arlington Loop is composed of four local trails—the Mount Vernon Trail, Custis Trail, Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail, and Four Mile Run Trail. If completed all at once, it’s a paved 16-mile circuit that is separated from vehicle traffic, except for a few street crossings. But it is also easy to walk, bike, or run portions of the Loop to and from destinations throughout Arlington. The Arlington Loop has access points to many of Arlington’s neighborhoods, such as Bluemont, Rosslyn, Crystal City, Shirlington, and Columbia Pike.

Information Available on the Maps

The new wayfinding maps are intended to make it easier for people to continuously walk and ride the trail and connect to nearby neighborhoods. Each map includes suggested trail behaviors such as “keep right, pass left,” how to access the closest Capital Bikeshare stations, and icons designating major transit hubs, restrooms, and water fountains. Each map also has a radius marked for how far you can go within a 10-minute walk and 10-minute bike ride, useful for trip planning and exploring new places.

Location of Maps on the Trails

This is where you can find the four Arlington Loop wayfinding maps along the Arlington Loop:

  • On the Custis Trail in Rosslyn at N Lynn St (by the Bike-o-Meter).
  • At the Custis Trail-Ballston connector trail intersection (near N George Mason Dr).
  • At the W&OD-Custis Trails intersection near Westover.
  • At the W&OD Trail-Columbia Pike intersection.

Experience Arlington

The Arlington Loop makes it easy to connect to different trails and neighborhoods, the new wayfinding maps will help you determine the best route to take to get to each one, and our handy Walkabouts will guide you through the beauty, history, and unique details of each neighborhood.

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