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Fort Hunt to Mount Vernon

Let’s take a walk along the Potomac!

The route: From Fort Hunt, we’ll walk east along Fort Hunt Road, exit the park, and walk south on the Mount Vernon Trail to the north parking lot of Mount Vernon and return.

This an out-and-back walk, 2.9 miles each way, for a total of 5.8 miles of smiles. The walk  should take about 2 hours at a moderate pace, with a little extra time for pit stops. The surface is paved pathways throughout with only slight elevation changes, so if you're in a mood to step it out, this is the place!

NB: Bicyclists are sometimes active along this route, so keep an eye out for them.

A Google map of the route is here: http://tinyurl.com/qauamjj

Where to meet: We'll meet at the first picnic area inside Fort Hunt, GPS =[masked], [masked]

How to get there:

  • From US Route 1/Richmond Highway, turn onto VA-626/ Sherwood Hall Lane and drive east for 0.5 miles. Turn right on VA-628/Parkers Lane and follow it as it becomes VA-628/Collingwood Road, about 1.4 miles. Turn right on Hunt Road and follow it for about a mile, then turn left to continue along Fort Hunt Road for another 0.7 miles. The entrance to Fort Hunt Park will be on your right.
  • From GW Parkway, take the exit for Fort Hunt Park/Fort Hunt Road. (If you are coming from the south, you will go through a tunnel under GW Parkway.) Stay on Fort Hunt Road until you see a sign for the entrance to Fort Hunt Park on the left.
  • In the park, stay to your right past a white wood frame building until you get to a stop sign at a T-junction. There is plenty of free parking in the parking lot to your right, and the picnic area meetup point is directly in front of you. (GPS =[masked], [masked])

What to bring: Water, comfy shoes, and your furry friend if desired. Sunscreen is probably a good idea.

Administrative stuff: There are restrooms and water fountains at Fort Hunt and Riverside Park along the way.

Notes:

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  • Mary G

    Lovely walk on fine day! Thanks John!

    1 · September 3, 2013

  • Dawn

    Another awesome day with beautiful scenery and great company!! Thanks, John!!

    2 · August 31, 2013

  • Alex

    Beautiful walk along the Potomac! Thanks John for organizing another great walk.

    1 · August 31, 2013

  • Alex

    I loved the vistas of the Potomac! Perfect day for the walk.

    1 · August 31, 2013

  • John M

    Great walk, great peeps! Thanks!!

    1 · August 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a beautiful hike !!
    As usual John has great places around the area that us foreigners we enjoy learning about. Thanks John !!!

    1 · August 31, 2013

  • Cindy

    John, Thanks for a beautiful morning walk along the Potomac.

    1 · August 31, 2013

  • Wayne

    Had a great time with the crew.

    August 31, 2013

  • Wayne

    In what area are we meeting I'm at the pavilion area right now

    August 31, 2013

    • Dawn

      We're in the parking lot.

      August 31, 2013

  • Ilana

    John, I'm now a maybe.

    August 31, 2013

  • Wayne

    Looking forward to walk with you guys

    August 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    New to the area. But loved volksmarching in Germany. Looking forward to it!

    August 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Going to Miami for the weekend. You guys have fun.

    August 29, 2013

    • Dawn

      Where's the "dislike" button?! We'll miss you, Tori!!!

      August 29, 2013

  • Mary G

    Hi can I bring two kids, experienced hikers, ages 12 and 14 ?

    August 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It's time for you to be a hike lead Dawn.

      1 · August 29, 2013

    • Dawn

      Don't think so, Sista!!! I'm just John's Secretary. :)

      August 29, 2013

  • Dawn

    Yippee Skippeeeeeee!!!!!

    1 · August 29, 2013

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