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Evening stroll on the waterfront in Old Town

Let's get in an easy evening stroll along Old Town waterfront, starting from Jones Point.

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 to Founder's Park and return. (We'll take a detour on the way back to walk through Wilkes Street Tunnel - of course!)

The walk is 1.8 miles out and 2.2 miles back for a total of 4 miles. It will take no longer than 2 hours so we can return to Jones Point by sunset (8:37 pm). The surface is a mix of fine gravel and paved sidewalks.

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 or GW Parkway (coming from 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. Bring an umbrella in case of showers, because we will walk rain or shine. A change of shoes and socks for after the walk is probably a good idea in case you step in some puddles. 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 along the route. Parking at Jones Point Park is free and there is room for around 100 cars. The park closes at dark.

Notes:

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  • Chris

    It was really pleasant.

    July 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Easy and scenic

    July 4, 2013

  • Louise

    A happy ending to the day...not faking it.

    July 4, 2013

  • Ingrid P.

    Wonderful, a nice combination of city and nature.

    July 4, 2013

  • Jim

    Another great Big John event! Great way to start what turned out to be a helluva good night! Thanks John!

    1 · July 4, 2013

  • Edna

    Great pics John! That's why we live in Alexandria!

    1 · July 4, 2013

  • John M

    No rain, great peeps, nice evening! Thanks!!

    July 3, 2013

  • Cindy

    What a great evening. Thanks John for a perfect event. Walked around Old Town and ended the evening with 30 minutes of amazing fireworks. Not a drop of rain!

    1 · July 3, 2013

  • Deb

    Tried but not able to get there in time. Hope the weather holds and that everyone has a great time! Happy 4th!

    July 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to change my RSVP. With the impending rain, my friend and I decided not to go. I'll try to attend another event soon.

    July 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Running too late; must miss :(

    July 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm not going to make it after all ... my Pyke is not feeling well - so we are going to stay in and snuggle on the sofa. =(
    Hopefully we can make the next one!

    July 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Okay I cant make it at 6:30 but will be ready by 7. Can I still Join?

    July 3, 2013

  • Dan

    is this still on?

    July 3, 2013

  • John M

    I just phoned Belle Haven CC for the skinny and their fireworks are still on! :)

    July 3, 2013

  • Jim

    Hey John! Are PFDs required for the evening swim...I mean stroll? :)

    1 · July 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am new in this area. Hopefully I don't get lost on the way drive to the park.

    1 · July 3, 2013

  • cecily

    I'm going to try to make it!

    1 · July 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be fun (if no rain) to take this nice stroll on my birthday no less :)

    1 · July 2, 2013

  • Deb

    Whether I make it depends on Metro and other factors. Fingers crossed that I have good commuting karma tomorrow!

    1 · July 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make the walk after all. :( Hopefully next time.

    July 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I love the waterfront! I'll be attending. =)

    1 · July 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to bring a guest.

    1 · July 2, 2013

  • Louise

    YAY, the tunnel!

    1 · July 2, 2013

  • Barbara

    Will come if I can get home from work on time & no thunderstorms or deluges in the forecast...

    1 · July 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll bring Lucy (my furry friend).

    1 · July 2, 2013

  • Dawn

    Thank you so much for planning this John!! Would love to go, but have a prior commitment. :(. Have fun and I'll see you guys on Saturday!!! WOOT!!

    2 · July 2, 2013

  • Esther

    Sounds like fun. See you guys!

    2 · July 1, 2013

  • Edna

    John, you are awesome.

    1 · July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm going to try to attend with my fur baby, Pyke! (will depend 100% on if I am home from work in time.)

    1 · July 1, 2013

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