Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail

EIN: 83-4129792

Mission Statement

The Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail supports the National Park Service in keeping the trail safe and welcoming for all users through education, trail maintenance, and community events.


Program Summary

The Mount Vernon Trail is an 18-mile long shared use path that travels along the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Northern Virginia between Rosslyn and George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon. The Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail (FoMVT) was formed in 2018 and supports the National Park Service in keeping the trail safe and welcoming for all users through education, trail maintenance, and community events.

The Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail hold regular volunteering activities for the public. All are welcome to attend, no experience necessary, and kid-friendly.


Impact Statement

FoMVT believes that the Mount Vernon Trail and the George Washington Memorial Parkway should be enjoyed by everyone and that everyone should be given the opportunity to be a steward of the park. Volunteers have ranged in age from 2 to 85 years old. Weekly volunteer events do not have a participant cap and have been as large as 160 participants. Since 2018, the FoMVT have hosted over 200 volunteer events with over 4,000 volunteers giving back to the trail.


What ways can the public get involved?

We host volunteer events every Saturday on the trail. You can see a list of upcoming events on our website at https://mountvernontrail.org/events/

We also host resource appreciation events such as an annual Tulip Walk/Bike Ride, Bat and Firefly Walk, Beaver Moon Walk, and various art classes. 


How are charitable dollars spent? Where does my donation go?

The largest overhead cost of the organization is paying for the storage of tools and equipment. We also use donations to purchase new tools, signs, fencing, maintenance of trail fixing equipment, and cold patch to fill potholes. 

Information provided March 2024