Mount Vernon Trail is a 19.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Alexandria, Virginia that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This trail runs from beautiful Mount Vernon, George Washington's home, to the stunning monuments of Washington D.C. You will not believe how scenic some portions of this trail are. Whether you visit during spring, summer, winter, or fall, you'll see some gorgeous riverfront scenery and enjoy some unique and interesting stops along the way. Fortunately this trail is fairly easy to do out and back in one day, especially if you spend some recuperation time at Mount Vernon. If you are combining this ride with a C & O Canal Towpath ride, you can easily cross the Frances Scott Key Bridge to start your ride on the Mount Vernon Trail. Even though this trail is heavily used, it is a fairly relaxing ride since it is well paved and spends very little time on roads. While in the Washington D.C. area, be sure to take time to look at the monuments. You get a different perspective of the area from this trail.
I might have enjoyed the ride except that it was freezing. We turned around, vowing to ride the length in warmer weather.
The beauty of the trail amazed me. Especially since it was winter. It was cold so we only rode about half.
great bike ride, but can get crowded
Great easy walking trail in the wetlands. Lots of beautiful scenery particularly in fall. Best for walks with kids
Rode from Maryland through DC to connect to trail. Headed south to Jones Point Park at the base of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Very nice and calming park with a small playground and restrooms.
Fun a lot of little hilly areas before the steep climb before Mt Vernon. I logged 26 plus miles was a nice ride.
After completing the C&O Canal trail we connected with this trail to loop around the city to the airport where we had left a car. The views of the city were beautiful and it was good to see all the green space away from the usual touristy stuff around the national mall. As the uploaded photos show you can still get a good view of the city from this route except you do not have to deal with all the crazyness that riding a bike in town.