Life along the Mount Vernon Bike Path

Athletes, would-be athletes and nature lovers should head south from Old Town Alexandria.

Stretching along the Potomac River from the southern border of Old Town to Mount Vernon Estate is the Mt. Vernon bike path.  Eight miles of asphalt allow locals and visitors to walk, run or bike while enjoying river views and wildlife sightings.  Bald eagles, ospreys, blue heron, cormorants, egrets, ducks and geese are among waterfowl commonly spotted along this corridor, while deer, groundhog and fox sightings are frequent.  Combine cardio and conservation by following a nature trail through Dyke Marsh.

Along the bike path is a fitness course and several points of access for canoes or kayaks.

Businesses in the nearby Belle View shopping center allow you to tone up at Curves or take karate lessons.  Adjacent to Belle View is the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center, which provides Fairfax County residents with an indoor pool and ice rink.  Farther south on Route 1 is a Gold’s Gym.

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For more information or to set up an appointment call Stuart at (703)765-0300.

Belle View Shopping Center


The Belle View Shopping Center hosts:

  • Exon
  • BB&T
  • Primo’s Family Restaurant
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Optometrist
  • Virginia Florist
  • Pro Feed Pet Nutrition Center
  • Kathy’s Corner Cards and Gifts
  • Safeway
  • U.S. Post Office
  • Beauty Saloon
  • Radio Shack
  • Healthway Natural Foods
  • Barber Shop
  • Just Dance
  • Belle View Jewelers
  • Parcel Plus
  • Richard Carrol
  • Unwined
  • ABC Store
  • Italian Deli
  • Hodges Galleries
  • Nails America
  • Buck’s Shoe Repair
  • Karate Masters
  • Brenner’s Bakery
  • Dishes of India
  • Subway
  • Magic Wok
  • 1hr Cleaners
  • Curves
  • Friendly Travel
  • Roy Rogers
  • Spokes Etc.
  • Alexandria Music
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • RJ Godlewski Family Dentist

A lot of families roam this area. For example: kids participating in martial arts at the Karate Masters, high school students visiting Subway and Roy Rogers on lunch break, and parents selecting groceries at Safeway. For someone older then 21 this is a good place to get a 6 pack (to save money) before going out on Friday night.

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