Mount Vernon Trail

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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.

DISTANCE
19.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
620 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

river

views

wild flowers

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.

walking
17 days ago

Beautiful, easy walk. Good for spotting egrets and herons.

hiking
1 month ago

road biking
1 month ago

road biking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

road biking
2 months ago

Great trail. Well maintained. Beautiful scenery.

hiking
3 months ago

walking
3 months ago

walking
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road biking
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hiking
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trail running
7 months ago

7 months ago

Best trail in VA

mountain biking
10 months ago

I might have enjoyed the ride except that it was freezing. We turned around, vowing to ride the length in warmer weather.

mountain biking
10 months ago

The beauty of the trail amazed me. Especially since it was winter. It was cold so we only rode about half.