Fort Hunt Park and Mount Vernon Trail

Alexandria, Virginia 20598

Fort Hunt Park and Mount Vernon Trail

Fort Hunt Park and Mount Vernon Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
7.6 miles
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
3-3.5 hours
George Washington Memorial Parkway office, 703-289-2500,
Local Contacts
Local Maps
Parklands, woodlands, river views

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Jul 2018