The Capital Crescent Trail is a very popular paved pathway that runs roughly seven miles from Georgetown, DC to Bethesda, MD. This trail is used by commuters, athletes, and recreational pedestrians alike, which can oftentimes make for crowded conditions. Runners are advised to keep to the right, except when passing, and to run single file. Given frequent traffic on the trail, runners should avoid using headphones while exercising—or, if nothing else, should keep the volume of those headphones to a minimum. Runners should also exercise good discretion when attempting faster workouts on this trail. Watch for families—and, most crucially, know that the trail segments in Chevy Chase, MD contain at grade intersections with busy city streets.
The Capital Crescent Trail is well-maintained and is generally in excellent condition. Runners taking the trail north can expect to gain about 200 feet in elevation, but that gain happens quite gradually and is mostly perceptible only on the segment that swings north over the C&O Towpath, heading into Montgomery County, MD. Runners can easily use this trail to connect with the Georgetown Branch Trail in Maryland (to the north) or to the C&O Towpath (to the south) and the southern reaches of the Rock Creek Trail (via an unmarked, but fairly intuitive, stretch of land beneath the Whitehurst Freeway that leads to DC’s Thompson Boat Center).