Map of the  Mount Vernon Trail


Mount Vernon Trail

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Mount Vernon Trail


17 miles




Arlington, Alexandria, Fort Hunt, Mt. Vernon


Sights of Washington DC and Arlington, Potomac River, Arlington Memorial Bridge, Ronald REagan Airport, Potomac Yard, Daingerfield Island, Downtown Alexandria, local parks, Fort Hunt, Mount Vernon


Chesapeake & Ohio Towpath

Custis Trail

Arlington Memorial Bridge

Four Mile Run Trail

Holmes Run Trail



Northern Virginia

Washington D.C.

Regional Trails

The Mount Vernon Trail is a 17-mile long paved pathway that spans between Arlington and George Washington's Mount Vernon in Northern Virginia. The route of the trail follows the Potomac River and allows for connections to many of the historic monuments and other sights in Washington D.C., goes past Arlington National Cemetery, Ronald Reagan Airport, Downtown Alexandria and pass several other sights along the Potomac.

The trail starts in the north at Francis Scott Memorial Bridge where trail users can use the bridge to reach Washington D.C. There are multiple other local trails and regional recreational trails that connect to the Mount Vernon Trail along the route. The trail stops at George Washington's historic home of Mount Vernon.


The Mount Vernon Trail is paved the entire route. This is a very congested area with numerous major roadways, but the trail allows its users to by pass intersections with underpasses and overpasses. The trail is open for walking and bike riding.

There is a gap in the pathway within Downtown Alexandria where trail users need to use the local streets to get to the next section.


The Mount Vernon Trail goes past the following communities: Arlington, Alexandria, Fort Hunt and Mt. Vernon.

Points of Interest

The Mount Vernon Trail goes past the following points of interest:

Francis Scott Key Memorial Bridge
Theodore Memorial Island
Potomac Park
Lady Byrd Johnson Park
Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove
Navy - Merchant Marine Memorial
Pentagon Lagoon Yacht Basin
Gravelly Point
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Potomac Yard Shopping Center
Daingerfield Island
Tide Lock Park
Rivergate City Park
Oronoco Bay Park
Downtown Alexandria
Jones Point Park
Jones Point Lighthouse
Belle Haven Park
Dyke Marsh Wildlife Center
Collingwood Park
Collingwood Picnic Area
Riverside Park - Fort Hunt
Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington
Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center
Ford Orientation Center
George Washington's Mount Vernon
Nearby Trails

Custis Trail: the two trails meet at Gateway Park on the south end of the Francis Scott Key Memorial Bridge in Arlington.

Four Mile Run Trail: the two trails intersect on the south side of Ronald Reagan Airport.

Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge Pedestrian Pathway: the bridge for Interstate 495 has a pedestrian lane for crossing over to Oxon Hill in Maryland.

Holmes Run Trail: the two trails come within a one mile of each other on the south side of Alexandria.

Mt Vernon Memorial Highway Multi-Use Path: the multi-use path heads to the northwest from Mt. Vernon then loops around to Grist Mill Park.

End Points

The north end of the Mount Vernon Trail is located at Gateway Park at the south end of the Francis Scott Key Memorial Bridge in Arlington.

There is a gap in the trail from Pendleton Street to St. Potomac Street in Alexandria.

The south end is located along Mt. Vernon Memorial Highway adjacent to George Washington's Mount Vernon.


Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the Mount Vernon Trail in Virginia.