Its paved surface was what enticed me, after several days of heavy rains, I worried that gravel trails would be too muddy for a good ride. Plus, I've been wanting to start exploring this trail -- one plan is to pick up the Woodrow Wilson Trail in Maryland, connecting to the Mount Vernon Trail and head south to Mount Vernon. For this day's ride, however, as I tried to figure out the best place to park, I got frustrated. There was little specific information.
At Roosevelt Island I turned around, going back the way I came. Just past the Navy and Marine Memorial, where I'd initially joined the trail, there's a lovely wooded grove, but that yields to the more open ball fields and lawn at the Gravelly Point Park, just north of the airport.
|Plane descending for landing over Gravelly Point Park.|
All in all, this trail is a nice way to experience the various monuments and famous landmarks -- the Kennedy Center, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument -- from a distance. Despite the proximity of the highway, the extensive greenery and the lovely vistas of the Potomac River make this trail an urban oasis you shouldn't miss! I'm looking forward to continuing my exploration of this trail below the airport and the rest of the way to Mount Vernon.
|The bridge from the parking lot over to the LBJ Memorial Grove.|
Know before you go 1: Good parking places include Roosevelt Island, the LBJ Memorial Grove, Columbia Island Marina, and Gravelly Point Park (which is also excellent for airplane viewing although that gets really busy because it also offer has busy ball fields). The Mount Vernon Trail is a short ride or walk from the Arlington Cemetery, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and Rosslyn Metro stations. During rush hour, bikes are not allowed on the Metro, so check the Metro web site for more specific information about taking your bike on the Metro.
|The Navy Marine Memorial.|
|The Lyndon B Johnson Memorial Grove and Monument, placed where he often came during his presidency |
to escape the stress of the White House.
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|The view from the bridge over to Roosevelt Island. Roosevelt Island itself is a worthy day trip destination.|