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.

Great! Even in the snow!

Amazing, peaceful, diverse

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail. Just be warned that between Key Bridge and Chain Bridge up river a couple of miles there are some very challenging sections climbing over rocks on an extremely narrow trail. Almost as challenging as the steepest section of Billy Goat Trail. This is just before the waterfall. There is also about half a mile of walking along the GW Parkway, a quarter mile of which is literally on the shoulder. Good views even there. Great views elsewhere. One last warning. Do not fall into the river! People drown every year falling in near this trail.

Beautiful day, and the trail is in great shape, though sometimes hard to follow. TRUST YOUR AllTrails app! I didn't the first time and it cost me. Took about 3 hours of walk time, most of that on the Virginia side. Be aware that parking at Roosevelt Island is limited to 2 hours, so you might want to pick a more time-appropriate spot to start. (I wasn't ticketed , however) Coming back I took the Key Bridge instead of the Roosevelt Bridge, which shaved a few miles off. The VA side is moderately challenging, the DC side is quite easy, and even has a new-looking and very clean restroom. :)

Nice running trail from Rosslyn

Very overgrown, especially at the western part of the trail

Nice and flat trail walk. I took my dog. The marsh is pretty

Beautiful Island and memorial

Nice trail with a few technical spots. The weeds were starting to grow around the single track portion of the trail but the trail itself was packed and runnable. Few rocks but no hand over foot. Great little scenic trail near the city. Ran it before work.

Nice walking trail. very easy hike with lots of greenery and a couple of chances to get some good views of Georgetown and DC. A quieter area (when DCA airport doesn't have arrivals coming in over the island) in the midst of Arlington and DC.

Great walk! Can easily park near Rosalyn. Bathrooms and water fountain on the trail. Boardwalk, nice trail off shoots and gravel that is well manicured. No camping on the island and no bicycles. Overall, Great Walk! Will definitely go again.

Great little escape from the city on the outskirts of Georgetown and Rosslyn. If you're looking for a quick loop, this is a local go-to. Great for beginners or family hikes!

Really nice walk in DC.

trail running
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Good for kids and adults, river view. Limited parking.

hiking
Monday, February 06, 2017

great trail, plenty of traditional climbing potential about 2 -3 miles in

walking
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Pretty island and good place to escape the city. Expect to see people the whole time.

hiking
Monday, January 16, 2017

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

hiking
Monday, January 16, 2017

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

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