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Mount Vernon Trail

EASY 83 reviews
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Mount Vernon Trail is a 18.9 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.

18.9 miles
666 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly


nature trips

road biking

trail running


bird watching




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.

2 months ago

Wonderful trail for a nice long walk.

trail running
4 months ago

Beautiful scenery. Great place for a morning run to help you clear your mind.

road biking
8 months ago

First bit of advice: BE CAREFUL! This is a nice trail, but if you use the section that’s closer to George Washington’s home, there are a lot of narrow, steep, and blind curves.

My first outing on it was eventful, to say the least...I was coming around a narrow and steep curve on my bike, and caught my tire on something. Wiped out, hit my head, and wound up with 6 staples (yes, even while wearing a helmet). Apparently, crashes are pretty common on the trail, especially in the area where I was (per another cyclist who frequents it).

It was pretty crowded on our way back to the car (I crashed with only a few miles left on the ride), but when we got on it at opening (6am), it was pretty clear. Early in the morning is best when it’s nice out. Otherwise, it seems like can get pretty dicey when having to deal with steep, blind curves and crowds.

I will say that if you do have an issue, the other cyclists on the trail are very nice and are willing to help. My husband was about 1/2 a mile behind me when I crashed and before he got to me, three cyclists had already stopped and were waiting with me. One went on his way after my husband caught up after making sure I could walk. The other two stayed with me while my husband rode the rest of the trail back to the car to come and get me. I am thankful for such caring people.

All in all, this trail is worth a go. It is nice and the people on the trail are great. But again, whether you’re a cyclist, runner etc...be very careful.



9 months ago

Scenic, beautiful and rain friendly. Also, love how there are bathroom stops along the way.

10 months ago

Good for running and biking

road biking
10 months ago

10 months ago

So beautiful but very busy. Look out for bikers. They will run you over.

Friday, November 24, 2017

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

road biking
Sunday, September 24, 2017

Great trail. Well maintained. Beautiful scenery.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Best trail in VA

mountain biking
Thursday, January 12, 2017

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

mountain biking
Thursday, January 12, 2017

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

road biking
Wednesday, December 14, 2016


Thursday, October 20, 2016

great bike ride, but can get crowded

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Great easy walking trail in the wetlands. Lots of beautiful scenery particularly in fall. Best for walks with kids

road biking
Thursday, October 01, 2015

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.

road biking
Saturday, September 19, 2015

Fun a lot of little hilly areas before the steep climb before Mt Vernon. I logged 26 plus miles was a nice ride.

road biking
Saturday, August 30, 2014

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.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

If you don't mind crowds or are from out of town (meaning the views of DC buildings are new to you) this might be a 5 star trail for you. But it is crowded it's entire length, extremely so from Downtown Alexandria to Roosevelt Island, especially near National Airport. Gravelly point is a fun place to sit on a sunny day, watch planes take off and land and all the other people doing the same thing. I avoid this trail unless I have to take it to get somewhere because of the crowds.

road biking
Sunday, April 13, 2014

Took this trail from the Roosevelt Island parking area to Mount Vernon on road bikes. Was about 36 miles round trip. We came on a beautiful Sunday during peak cherry blossom season. The trail was absolutely packed with other cyclists, runners and walkers. Was difficult on a bike having to slow down and pass others very frequently, but the beautiful views make it worth it. You are mostly along the Potomac river which gives great views of the monuments in DC. The trail goes through Alexandria, VA where you are on the road in traffic for a little while. Be sure to pay attention for signs for the trail because they are small and we missed a couple turns and turned around a couple times. Trail is well maintained the entire way. Very enjoyable trip but definitely need a lot more time to cover the miles when it's so crowded.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Too busy with the Tour De France going, those asses pass like crazy. Almost had two head on collisions.

road biking
Friday, February 08, 2013

Great trail for biking lots of long winding road to ride on. Just be careful for walkers! I ride this every summer with hubby and those hills are a killer but its worth it!!!

road biking
Monday, October 01, 2012

One of the best trails that i have biked. Except for the last hill on the way back.

road biking
Monday, May 07, 2012

Great trail- but not a "loop" as stated. It's "out and back". Beautiful ride. Very easy.

mountain biking
Sunday, March 25, 2012

Rode this trail with my eleven year old Son. It was a fun ride and Mount Vernon has a nice cafeteria to eat lunch at.

road biking
Thursday, October 13, 2011

Great trail most of the way, however the part of the trial through Alexandria city tend to be crowded with pedestrians and parked cars. I did not enjoy my ride through Alexandria city so I just walked and enjoyed all the summer street festivals. I will do this trail again when I have the time.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

This does not show the whole trail. It shows the trail turning around at about brook haven. The trail goes all the way to rosslyn.

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