The George Washington Memorial Parkway is a carefully planned scenic route to the nation's capital. From the north it curves alongside the Potomac Gorge, highlighting its steep cliffs and rich woods. From the south it is a broad avenue punctuated with monuments to America's history. Overlooks and picnic areas dot its length, providing places to rest and admire the land it passes through. There is no visitor center on the parkway itself. Information, brochures, maps, and National Park Passport stamps are available at parkway headquarters and at visitor centers at Arlington House, Glen Echo Park, and Great Falls Park.

I agree that it is busy, but still very nice.

I would give it more stars if not for the crowd. If it is busy in January, I hate to think about busier months.

Worth a walk through. Linked to other Potomac trails.


3 months ago

Nice trail- muddy when wet- gets crowded- good for a dog off leash when it's not crowded

My first time using the app and what a great find!! Such a great trail!

Every Saturday at 0900 there is a free 5k run on the island sponsored by Parkrun. See their webpage for more details on how to sign up.

Just OK.

Best in the fall

Starts off nice from Roosevelt Island. Getting closer to Chain Bridge, the trail markings disappear and it gets very rocky. Stick near the water line and you'll make it to Chain Bridge. The way back down the C&O canal tow path is flat and easy but very little shade. Nice little boat house with snacks and drinks about half way down towards Georgetown. Definitely will do this again but not on the hottest day of the year.

Main trail was great. Some obstacles with terrain. Smaller trails were pretty overgrown and rocky. Not really suitable for running. Good for running or hiking.