For the past few years, Fall in DC has been a fleeting moment between the awful humid summer and the excruciating winder cold. This year, we’ve been lucky to have gorgeous weather, and I have been trying to soak up every minute of it for fear of the chilly months ahead. This past weekend, my Dad and I spent our Sunday biking on the Mount Vernon Trail. If you are looking for a great way to enjoy the beauty DC and its surroundings have to offer, I highly recommend this for your next adventure.
The Mount Vernon Trail is an 18-mile paved path which stretches from Roosevelt Island to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate. It offers breathtaking views of the DC skyline and the Potomac River. Much of the trail runs parallel to the GW Parkway and Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, with many pull-off points and parking lots along the way if you don’t want to commit to all 36 miles round-trip. I recommend driving or metroing to Old Town Alexandria. This will still give you a challenging 20-21 miles to and from Mount Vernon, or a slightly shorter trip with amazing riverfront views of DC. There are plenty of pull-off points and parking lots along the way (don’t worry, they don’t obstruct the views) if you don’t want to commit to so many miles, or if you’d rather just go for a Mom Walk. I also highly recommend this scenic path for any runners looking to get in some gorgeous training miles.
Not a biker? Rent one from Big Wheel Bikes in Old Town, just one block from the trail.
You should definitely pack a picnic for one of the many stopping points along the way. The snacks I brought were great entertainment for my Pops on my many stops to take pictures.
Happy trails to you!