What's Your Favorite Trail Inside the Beltway?

I know there are quite a few iRunFar readers inside the beltway. As many of these beltway insiders will be […]

By on May 16, 2008 | 8 comments

I know there are quite a few iRunFar readers inside the beltway. As many of these beltway insiders will be stopping by for iRunFar’s Massanutten 100 coverage this weekend, it seems like an ideal time to ask:

What are your favorite trails within the Capitol Beltway and why?

While I know many of the local trails, I’d love to learn of more. (Just last week I learned of the excellent Gulf Branch access trail to the Potomac Heritage Trail.) I’m sure other local iRunFar readers as well as future tourists or business travelers would also love to know more about the trails the area offers.

I’m also writing a article on the area’s trails and would like to hear people’s thoughts on the DC area trail systems. [I will ask for permission before quoting anyone.]

With that, it’s off to the Massanuttens!

Bryon Powell

Bryon Powell is the Editor-in-Chief of iRunFar. He’s been writing about trail running, ultrarunning, and running gear for 15 years. Aside from iRunFar, he’s authored the books Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons and Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running, been a contributing editor at Trail Runner magazine, written for publications including Outside, Sierra, and Running Times, and coached ultrarunners of all abilities. Based in Silverton, Colorado, Bryon is an avid trail runner and ultrarunner who competes in events from the Hardrock 100 Mile just out his front door to races long and short around the world, that is, when he’s not fly fishing or tending to his garden.