Where: Teddy Roosevelt Island (Washington D.C.) and the Mt. Vernon Trail (Washington D.C. to Mt. Vernon)
What: Hike (trail, unpaved // trail, paved)
Snacks: Baked & Wired (Washington D.C.)
Teddy Roosevelt Island is near the trail head at the start of the Mt. Vernon Trail, which stretches 18 miles from D.C. to Mt. Vernon. It ends at George Washington’s Mt. Vernon Estate. The trail is paved, Teddy Roosevelt Island is not. Years ago, I cycled the trail from end to end and back in the rain. It was my birthday present to myself and well worth it, even after the fall. The trail is gorgeous, but crowded. Be alert. The Mt. Vernon side is narrower and hillier than the D.C. side. Around Alexandria, VA you have to navigate some urban cycling.
There are parking areas scattered along the trail. The one for Teddy Roosevelt Island is found by using GPS for the Island itself. It holds a fair amount of vehicles but fills up fast. The island is open to foot traffic only.
Choose between the mile and a half Swamp trail or the shorter Upland and Woods trails. If you choose to do all three it is around three miles. The trails encircle a Teddy Roosevelt Memorial. There are also port-a-potties on the Island. Their cleanliness isn’t known to your author.
The loop around Teddy Roosevelt Island has great views of the city. You’ll also have access to benches and part of the loops is boardwalk. Continue on the Mt. Vernon trail if you’d like to extend your walk.
For snacks head to Baked & Wired. It is a super popular coffee shop with cupcakes, breakfast fare and of course coffee. Perhaps I went a little overboard?
See you on the trails,