The Mount Vernon Trail is a 18 mile multi use trail that stretched from George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate to Theodore Roosevelt Island. The trail is connected with regional trails such as Potomac Heritage, Custis, Rock Creek, Four Mile Run and Woodrow Wilson Bridge. The trail, which winds alongside the scenic Potomac River is used by residents for running, walking or cycling.
Along the Mount Vernon Trail persons can see or visit many points of interest. Here are some points of interest you can find along the Mount Vernon Trail:
- Riverside Park – this park is located along Potomac River and it provides picnic and fishing areas. There is also a watershed where persons can observe migratory and native wildlife.
- Fort Hunt Park – this park was once a farmland belonging to George Washington. The area is now a recreational park with picnic areas, shade pavilions, playgrounds and softball fields.
- Wildlife – Mount Vernon Trail is home to many species of wildlife which are visible during the daytime while some are visible at nights.
- Dyke Marsh – this is a wetland area with a freshwater tidal basin and wildlife preserve with 3/4 boardwalk over the marsh.
- Jones Point Park and Lighthouse – The lighthouse is the last river lighthouse remaining in the U.S.. The small four room one story house was built in 1855 and was operated from 1856 to 1926. Jones Point Park features fishing piers and a canoe launch with a playground and basketball courts.
- The Waterfront – this historic waterfront located in Old Town Alexandria is filled with many dockside restaurants, boutique shops and the Torpedo Art Factory.
- Woodrow Wilson Bridge and National Harbor – this bridge which was name after Woodrow Wilson has paved trail that connects to the National Harbor to Maryland.
- Theodore Roosevelt Island – this 88.5 acre national memorial named in the honor of America’s 26th president is located at the end of the Mount Vernon Trail.
Mount Vernon Trail is the perfect place for residents to explore the many attractions located along the Potomac River.