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Mount Vernon Trail

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Trail

18.9 mile 30.4 kilometer point to point
100% Runnable
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 402' 123 m
Descent: -311' -95 m
High: 105' 32 m
Low: 2' 1 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)

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Trail shared by Peter Magnuson

A great trail that follows the Potomac River from Roosevelt Island to Mount Vernon.

Peter Magnuson

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

This is a paved trail, with a couple of boardwalk/bridge crossings. The trail can get narrow in some places so be alert for bikers.

Description

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 Trail, Custis, Rock Creek, Four Mile Run, and Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trails. The breeze off the water and the views are enough to recommend this trail to anyone.

The terminus of Mount Vernon is also a big plus. Along the way, you can see birds and bikers, robins and runners. If you are in the DC area, don't miss this trail. There are countless places to stop to get drinks or stop for a break, so bring along some cash.

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Nov 20, 2017
Emily Eiland
Out and back starting at Theodore Roosevelt Island. Enjoyable and pretty easy. I liked the planes landing at Reagan right over my head. 13.1mi
Oct 20, 2017
Jacob Soileau
7mi
Jan 12, 2017
Chris Browett

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  3.8 from 13 votes

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Riverside Walk
Jan 21, 2016 near Washing…, DC
View of Potomac River
May 24, 2018 near Fort Hunt, VA
George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate
May 18, 2018 near Mount V…, VA

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