• Aerial view of the George Washington Memorial Parkway in the fall

    George Washington

    Memorial Parkway DC, MD, VA

Mount Vernon Trail

The Mount Vernon Trail is an 18-mile paved multi-use trail that stretches from George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate to Theodore Roosevelt Island. It connects with regional trails, including the Potomac Heritage, Custis, Rock Creek, Four Mile Run, and Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trails.

 
Boardwalk section of the Mount Vernon Trail surrounded by cattail marsh
Anthony and Megan Peritore
 

Things to Do

The Mount Vernon Trail winds alongside the Potomac River offering uninterrupted views of Washington, D.C.'s skyline. A run, walk, or cycle along the trail leads to all of the same sites that can be reached by car on the parallel section of the parkway.

To request a ranger program along the Mount Vernon Trail call 703‑289‑2553.

Hours & Seasons

The Mount Vernon Trail is open year-round from 6 am to 10 pm. Commuters may use the trail at any time.

Directions

The Mount Vernon Trail parallels the parkway between Theodore Roosevelt Island and Mount Vernon.

By Car

Parking is available at every site along the trail except Lady Bird Johnson Park and the Navy-Marine Memorial. Visit the individual webpages for those sites for directions.

By Metro

The Mount Vernon Trail is a short ride or walk from the Arlington Cemetery, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and Rosslyn Metro stations.

Facilities

See the trail map to find restrooms, water fountains, and trash cans along the trail.

Rules and Regulations

Motorized vehicles, including skateboards, bicycles, scooters, and Segways are not allowed on the Mount Vernon Trail. Persons with disabilities may use motorized wheelchairs on the trail.

Bicycles are not allowed on the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Narrow lanes, storm drains with grates that run parallel to the roadway, and blind curves and hills

Commercial activities and activities by organized groups, including trail walks and runs, require a permit. For information about permits please call 703‑289‑2513.

For a complete list of rules, please read the Laws & Policies.

Did You Know?

Box Turtle

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