Spring stroll in Old Town

Let’s enjoy a Spring stroll along the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, starting from Jones Point Park!

The route: From the old ship’s rudder under Wilson Bridge we'll walk south to Mount Vernon Trail and follow the trail east along the waterfront to Jones Point Lighthouse. From the lighthouse, we'll continue along the trail through the woods, cross back under Wilson Bridge, and walk north along Old Town Alexandria waterfront through Ford’s Landing, Shipyard, Waterfront, and King Street Parks, with a brief detour west to Royal Street so we can walk through the Wilkes Street Tunnel. (You just have to do the tunnel!) At King Street Park we’ll take a break for a pit stop or to grab a beverage or ice cream (Torpedo Factory, Starbuck’s, Pop’s). Reassembling after the break, we’ll walk west along King Street to Royal Street, turn left, and walk south along Royal Street back to Jones Point Park and our starting point.

The walk is around 3.5 miles and should take about an hour and a half at an easy to moderate pace, including time for the break at the halfway point. The surface is a mix of fine gravel and paved sidewalks.

A Google map of our route is located at http://tinyurl.com/ch5bgrn

Where to meet: We'll meet at the old ship’s rudder under Wilson Bridge, just south of the parking lot in Jones Point Park, GPS =[masked],[masked]

How to get there: The park entrance is at the south end of South Royal Street in Old Town Alexandria. From Highway 1 (either direction), take Franklin Street east to Royal Street, turn right and drive south 3 blocks until the street ends in front of Wilson Bridge. The park entrance is on your left. The street address is 100 Jones Point Drive, Alexandria, VA 22314.

What to bring: Water, comfy shoes, and your furry friend if desired. Sunscreen is probably a good idea. Please remember, this is a kid-free zone, no one under 18 please.

Administrative stuff: There are restrooms and water fountains at Jones Point Park and at the Torpedo Factory, halfway through the walk. Parking at Jones Point Park is free and there is room for around 100 cars. The park closes at dark.

After the walk: For those who would like lunch afterwards, there are two places along Washington Street a few blocks west of our starting point:

Notes:

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  • Ellen

    Wonderful relaxing walk and engaging discussion/company along with beautiful weather was really enjoyable. Old Town will be an adventure to explore at a future time. Thank you John!

    April 14, 2013

  • Fred

    A good walk in excellent company. I can't wait for the next one. Thanks everyone-especially John

    April 13, 2013

  • Sheri R

    Thanks for another good stroll, John.

    April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks again for organizing this John! The history in this area is amazing. Never knew about Jones Point before. Also enjoyed strolling through the Torpedo Factory (art studios). We left the group mod-way to do this....

    April 13, 2013

  • John M

    Great folks, nice easy stroll!

    April 13, 2013

  • Donnita

    Well, I was almost there with 10 minutes to spare and my phone randomly rebooted! I overshoot the place by a few miles. After much fussing with the phone and a few U-turns I ended up being late and missing you all! Dang! So now I am home and am going to go on a Nordic walk in my own neighborhood. I am going to go to my fav little pizza joint and have a salad. I am going to test out the endomondo app with my polar heart rate monitor and see how well it tracks my journey!

    April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am at Wilkes

    April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am at S Alfred ..

    April 13, 2013

  • Angela G

    I'm a few blocks away be there in 5

    April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi I am on my way hope to be there soon

    April 13, 2013

  • Nicole h.

    Well, woke up this morning not feeling well at all. Guess I will have to take it easy today - and look forward to the next time....Sorry to miss it.

    April 13, 2013

  • Barbara

    Maybe: have had some med problems and will come if I'm feeling stable.

    April 13, 2013

  • Faith R.

    I totally forgot I am having a haircut at 8:30 would much prefer a walk, but the hair is getting insane, so...

    April 12, 2013

  • Nicole h.

    This will be my first walk with you ........looking forward to exploring the Alexandria area and getting to know some new people.

    April 12, 2013

  • Angela G

    Looks to be a good day for a walk

    April 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to the hike!

    April 12, 2013

  • Marla B.

    Looking forward to my first walk with you. Should be a great weekend for this!

    April 11, 2013

  • Richard J L.

    Camping with friends..

    April 11, 2013

  • Tasha

    Looking forward to my first walk with the group!

    April 11, 2013

  • Edna

    This is a fantastic stroll lay-out! Thanks John. Even while I won't be able to join this Saturday, I'll make sure to walk this path at some point soon.

    April 11, 2013

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