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Wednesday Walkabout

  • Aug 14, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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A walk on a weekday? On Wednesday? Why not? Let’s meet by the King Street Metro Station and go for a walk around Old Town!

The route: From the bike rack across Diagonal Road from King Street Station parking lot, we’ll walk southeast past the statue of the Edmondson Sisters to Duke Street, east for a block, and then south along Hooff’s Run to the north boundary of Alexandria National Cemetery at Jamieson Avenue. From there we’ll work our way east through Old Town to the waterfront, passing the site of the old O&A Railroad Roundhouse and going through Wilkes Street Tunnel (of course) along the way. From there we’ll follow the Potomac upstream through the waterfront parks to Tidelock Park, where we’ll turn back south along the Mount Vernon Trail and Fairfax Street to King Street, for a break by the fountain by the Town Hall and the Ramsay House. From there it’s back west along King Street all the way to our starting point, with an eye out for possible lunch spots along our way.

The walk is 5 miles of smiles and should take about 2 hours. The surface is paved  throughout and fairly level. 

A Google map of the route is here:

How to get there:

• Metro: King Street Station is on the Blue and Yellow Lines.

• Driving: From I-395, take VA-7 / King Street east about 2.8 miles. Take the first right after passing under the railroad (Daingerfield Street), and an immediate right onto Diagonal Road. From US-1 / Richmond Highway, follow King Street west 0.5 miles, take a sharp left onto Daingerfield, and the first right onto Diagonal Road. 

What to bring: Water, comfy shoes, and your furry friend if desired (leashes, please). Sunscreen is recommended.

Administrative stuff: There are restrooms and drinking fountains at the Torpedo Factory and the Ramsay House (Alexandria Visitor Center) along our way. Before the walk, there’s a Starbuck’s northeast of the station for a beverage and a pit stop.

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  • Mary S.

    Thanks, John for organizing another great hike. I've lived in Alexandria over 40 years and saw some sites for the first time.

    2 · August 15, 2013

  • Harry B.

    Great! John conjured up some fabulous weather!

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • Abby

    I am here but lost, can not find group.

    August 14, 2013

    • John M

      Sorry we missed you! Please give me a call next time - I always post my phone number before the events.

      1 · August 14, 2013

  • John M

    Wow, was it Autumn? Great group, nice walk! Thanks!!

    2 · August 14, 2013

  • Skysusan

    Pleasant and fun:)

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • Cindy

    Thanks John for arranging such a perfect day for a walk around town. Great way to start the day!

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • Skysusan

    EXCELLENT urban hike! Thanks to all! Sky

    August 14, 2013

  • MG

    Sorry, I cannot make it, got a reaction from the medicine my doctor gave to me yesterday.

    August 14, 2013

  • LaRue

    Bummer. Not going to be able to make this :-( It's a great day so ENJOY everyone!

    August 14, 2013

  • kerry

    Week has turned crazy - gotta cancel - maybe next time!

    August 14, 2013

  • Kira M

    Last minutes work schedule change. Unfortunately, I will have to work Have a nice hike!

    August 13, 2013

  • Skysusan

    If I'm not working, I'll be there... Is that OK? I might have to decline as late as 7am? Hugs to all, sky

    1 · August 10, 2013

    • Skysusan

      Turned the job... would rather be on the hike:) cheers, sky

      1 · August 13, 2013

  • Daniel M.


    August 12, 2013

  • Radhika

    Sorry. Didn't realize it's in morning...

    August 11, 2013

  • Dawn

    I wish! Can't wait to grow up and not have this pesky thing called "work" interfere with my hiking group activities. Thank you for all you do, John! :)

    2 · August 9, 2013

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