THING TO DO

Retreat to the Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove

Get a workout in while enjoying the beautiful scenery at Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial Grove. Going on a bike ride is a great way to get around the grove, or paddle your way around the Boundary Channel to see the park from a different perspective.
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Grove
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac.

NPS Photo by April Evans

Retreat from the city and enjoy the calm, outdoor space at the The Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove along the Potomac. Trails through the meadow at the park and the paved multi-use Mount Vernon Trail, which passes through the park, are flat, car-free places to bicycle. An easy flat water paddle through the Boundary Channel is the best way to see how the Potomac River shapes the park. Easy hikes are avaialble on the trails and birders will find habitat for wading birds, raptors, and warblers near the Boundary Channel and in the meadow.

Using a grove of trees as a living memorial to President Johnson was particularly appropriate in view of his record in preserving the nation’s natural heritage. The Johnson Administration oversaw the addition of 3.6 million acres of land to the National Park System, passed the Wilderness Act, and created the Land and Water Conservation Fund. It initiated the first legislation regulating water pollution, in 1965 and 1966, and air pollution, in 1963 and 1967. The Water Resources Planning Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, the establishment of the first National Water Commission, the Endangered Species Act, and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act were all a part of the surge of legislation directed at protecting the environment and natural heritage that Johnson embraced.
Details

You may bring your pet with you to the park. With the exception of service animals, pets are not permitted on ranger-led programs.

At all times, pets must be restrained on a leash no longer than six feet in length. Leashes protect dogs from becoming lost and from other hazards, such as sick, injured, or rabid animals. Leashes also help protect park resources, including wildlife and vegetation.

Pet owners are responsible for picking up pet waste and disposing of it at home.

Pets should not be left unattended. Summer sunshine poses a threat to pets left in vehicles. On a bright, sunny day, even in temperatures as low as 60° F, temperatures inside a vehicle can reach dangerous levels. On an 85-degree day, the temperature inside a car-even with the windows cracked-can reach over 100 degrees within 10 minutes.

Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.

There is no street address for the Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac. The following GPS Coordinates (given in decimal degrees from WGS84 datum) can be used to navigate to the park.

Boundary Channel Drive Entrance
38.878510, -77.053327

George Washington Memorial Parkway Entrance
38.877931, -77.050816

By Metro

The closest Metro stops are Arlington Cemetery and Pentagon.  

By Car 

From the southbound lanes of the George Washington Memorial Parkway, follow the sign to turn right to enter the parking lot. This entrance to the park can only be reached from the southbound lanes of the parkway.

From I 395 south (the 14th Street Bridge), take exit 10C and merge onto the George Washington Memorial Parkway north. Exit left toward US 50 west/Memorial Bridge/Arlington Cemetery. Exit Memorial Circle onto VA 27 south (Washington Boulevard). Exit left and merge onto the the George Washington Memorial Parkway south. Follow the sign to turn right to enter the parking lot.

From I 395 north, take exit 8A and merge onto VA 27 north (Washington Boulevard). Exit toward VA 110/Pentagon North Parking and turn right onto Boundary Channel Drive. Follow the sign to turn right to enter the parking lot.

On Foot or by Bicycle

The Mount Vernon Trail passes by the park. Follow signs on the trail to pass underneath the parkway at the Humpback Bridge and into the parking lot.

To request a ranger-led program at the Memorial Grove call 703‑289‑2553.

Open year round from 6 AM to 10 PM

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Monday: 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Last updated: March 2, 2017