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.
Mount Vernon Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Michael Leccese & Rolf Pemberton, Road Biking Washington, D.C. (Falcon Guides).
"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."
-- Martin Fernandez, Best Bike Rides Washington, DC: Great Recreational Rides in the Metro Area (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Randy Porter, Mountain Bike! Virginia (Menasha Ridge Press).
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