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: