Mount Vernon Trail

Lady Bird Johnson Park (Columbia Island), Washington, DC 56972

Elevation Gain493ft
Trailhead Elevation12ft
Elevation Min/Max1/47ft
Elevation Start/End12/12ft

Mount Vernon Trail

Mount Vernon Trail is a hiking and biking trail in District of Columbia and Virginia. It is within Lady Bird Johnson Park (Columbia Island) and Gravelly Point Park. It is 4.8 miles long and begins at 12 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 493 feet. The Lot Z parking and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Bicycle Parking and another bicycle parking can be seen along the trail. There are also woods, parkings, restrooms, and a picnic site along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Airport Connector, Custis Trail, Humpback Bridge Trail and Potomac Heritage Trail.

Mount Vernon Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The 18-mile Mount Vernon Trail is one of the Washington, D.C., metro area’s most popular trails. Just across the Potomac River from D.C. in Virginia, the trail links Theodore Roosevelt Island Park with George Washington’s estate in Mount Vernon.

The trail follows the course of the Potomac, passing through parks, yacht clubs, wetlands, neighborhoods, towns, and wooded acres. The route is mostly paved, but some sections are
boardwalk. In many places, the winding path is narrow, and because it is heavily used (especially on weekends), all recreationists—whether on foot, skates, or bike—must use caution when passing others and when entering the trail from any of its numerous access points."

"Alexandria is an explosion for the senses with its cacophony of sounds and stimulating sights. The timeless buildings and chatter of tourists contrast starkly to the tranquility and natural surroundings of the route to Mount Vernon.

This half of the Mount Vernon Trail will reward you with a rich visual experience, and the hills will provide you an exhilarating workout.

Things to see: Old Town Alexandria, Dyke Marsh, Fort Hunt Park, Riverside Park, Mount Vernon."

"Everyone rides the Mount Vernon Trail out to Washington’s home and then back along the same route; that’s easy. Instead, for this ride we will head out to Washington’s home along the Mount Vernon Trail, but for the return we will ride through neighborhood streets and not-often-used bike paths to make it a far more enjoyable (I think) loop."

"On Sunday mornings I often slip away to points usually too crowded to enjoy intimately. My avenue for this furtive endeavor is the Mount Vernon Trail, an 18.5-mile off-road path that links Washington with the estate of the president for whom the city was named.

In between lies historic Alexandria, Virginia, a minor port in colonial America and a major tourist attraction today. The trail parallels the George Washington Memorial Parkway, a scenic road built in 1932 for the bicentennial of the first president’s birth.

Things to see: Jefferson Memorial, Reagan National Airport, sailing marina, historic Alexandria, Hunting Creek wildlife area."

"This ride's general location is along the Potomac River in northern Virginia, from Theodore Roosevelt Island south to George Washington's plantation below Alexandria. Scenery includes grand views of the Potomac.

The trail is incredibly scenic; whether you prefer viewing wildlife on a lush, 240-acre wetland to enjoying stunning views of the river and the skyline of the nation's capital, or watching 727's take off and land at National Airport. George Washington's eighteenth-century plantation is the southernmost terminus of the trail and is open to visitors every day."

Mount Vernon Trail Reviews

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Started at Belle Haven Park and went to the end at Mt. Vernon. Nice trail, but there are some inconsiderate riders here. I was almost hit twice by other bikers passing me within inches. People need to learn how to share the trails... i went on a Saturday, so it was busy, but not as busy as the WOD gets on a normal weekend. The hill up to Mt. Vernon isn't too bad a climb if you choose your gears carefully--and the long downhill is worth it! Belle Haven is a great starting place because you have direct access to the trail. I tried it from Fort Hunt Park too, no direct access and limited parking due to reservation closures. Belle Haven parking is limited too, but there was plenty available when I went (1PM),
This is not a mountainbike trail, but a paved multi-use trail. Trail sees lots of use on weekends and holidays. Flat and easy making it great for family rides.
There are actually two trail guides in this one. The second is called "Monuments Ramble" - a 13 mile rubbernecker and stop-and-check-directions ride. Its a great way to see the monuments -- there are some beautiful ones like the George Mason memorial that even the most thorough foot-tourist will probably skip. But if you want a Sunday morning ride where you just go, I would consider the first trail "To Old Town Alexandria" (disclamer: have not done that yet) rather than the second.
I take Mt. Vernon trail from Mt. Vernon to Georgetown, MD and Back (40+ miles). This trail is very good for amateur on up. Trail has a lot of turns and small short hills to burn on. The best thing about this trail is you can take the Washington Parkway that runs adjacent tot the trail if trail gets clogged or you’re like me and just want to let it all out on the road. There are plenty of comfort stops also (very important) along the way and Old Town Alexandria has many shops at the half way to Georgetown and Georgetown has plenty of sites to include the young college babes (Nice).

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Trail Information

Lady Bird Johnson Park (Columbia Island)
Nearby City
Gravelly Point Park
Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Skating, Fishing
Additional Use

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Jul 2018