Fort Hunt Park and Mount Vernon Trail

Alexandria, Virginia

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The hike starts with a loop through Fort Hunt Park and then leads to an out-and-back excursion on the Mount Vernon Trail, providing hikers with a lovely parkland outing along the Potomac River. This 7.6-mile, mostly out-and-back, level hike uses the trail’s lowermost portion. That’s where the southbound Potomac River turns west and the Virginia riverbank becomes a picturesque corridor of open parklands, woods, and across-the-water views. The hike also includes part of Fort Hunt Park. Located on former Washington-owned land, the fort existed from the 1890s to about 1920 to guard the river approach to the capital. It was converted into a park in the 1930s. This is a busy hiker-biker trail; stay to the right and yield to bicycles.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC

by Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper (Menasha Ridge Press)

The hike starts with a loop through Fort Hunt Park and then leads to an out-and-back excursion on the Mount Vernon Trail, providing hikers with a lovely parkland outing along the Potomac River.

This 7.6-mile, mostly out-and-back, level hike uses the trail’s lowermost portion. That’s where the southbound Potomac River turns west and the Virginia riverbank becomes a picturesque corridor of open parklands, woods, and across-the-water views. The hike also includes part of Fort Hunt Park. Located on former Washington-owned land, the fort existed from the 1890s to about 1920 to guard the river approach to the capital. It was converted into a park in the 1930s. This is a busy hiker-biker trail; stay to the right and yield to bicycles.

© 2017 Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper /Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Alexandria
Distance: 7.6 miles
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 3-3.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: George Washington Memorial Parkway office, 703-289-2500, nps.gov/gwmp
Local Maps: National Park Service, tinyurl.com/mtvernontrailmap and tinyurl.com/fthuntparkmap
Attractions: Parklands, woodlands, river views
Driving Directions: Directions to Fort Hunt Park and Mount Vernon Trail

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Apr 2018