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Jones Point to Dyke Marsh

It's supposed to be seasonably mild on Saturday, so let's meet at Jones Point and walk down to Dyke Marsh to see who's flying around.

The route: From the old ship’s rudder under Wilson Bridge we'll walk south to Mount Vernon Trail, turn right, and follow the trail south past the Bald Eagle tree and Belle Haven Park, where we'll slide over onto Dyke Marsh Trail and continue south to the boardwalk overlook at the end. From there we'll retrace our steps to Jones Point.

This is an out and back walk, 2.5 miles each way, for a total of 5 miles out, and should take about two hours at a moderate pace. The surface is fairly level and paved in Jones Point Park and along Mount Vernon Trail, and pebble paths along Dyke Marsh Trail. Keep an eye out for bicyclists along Mount Vernon Trail.

A Google map is here: http://tinyurl.com/bxlm498  

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. 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 Belle Haven Park along the route. Parking at Jones Point Park is free and there is room for around 100 cars. The park closes at dark.

Notes:

Jones Point Park: http://tinyurl.com/pbyq733

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  • Michelle

    Perfect weather, lovely walk, excellent conversations with really interesting people - thanks!

    1 · February 1, 2014

  • John M

    Some really great photos today - thanks to all the talented photographers!!

    3 · February 1, 2014

  • Myrtle

    Beautiful day and great people - thanks John again for a great hike.

    2 · February 1, 2014

  • John M

    Beautiful day, fun folks! Thanks!!

    1 · February 1, 2014

  • Edna

    Great to see everyone! Hope you saw the hawks, eagles and vultures out, and had as much fun on the trail as those of us who lagged behind.

    2 · February 1, 2014

  • Bill L.

    Thanks again Johm for a great walk

    2 · February 1, 2014

  • Skysusan

    Finally, a really nice weather day... sky

    2 · February 1, 2014

  • Louise

    So wanted to see the birds but am a little under the weather (odd phrase) ... next time.

    February 1, 2014

  • Dianne

    So sorry, have to work again. Miss you guys. Maybe Sunday.

    February 1, 2014

  • Dawn

    Mimi and Chewy can have my spot. Change of plans. Have fun!!

    January 31, 2014

  • richard f.

    Hi everyone,
    This is a great ay to inaugurate my hiking for 2014!
    Alan I look forward to meeting you and hearing about all your international bike rides as I am a biker too.

    1 · January 31, 2014

  • Dawn

    WOOT!!!

    3 · January 31, 2014

  • Joan B.

    Excited! I don't have hiking boots; will sneakers work okay?

    2 · January 28, 2014

    • John M

      Sneakers are fine!

      1 · January 28, 2014

  • Edna

    NOW, how in the world am I suppose to say 'no' to this? ;) Bring your binoculars - if you can - we have at least 4 eagles nesting around the trees these days. Also those Eared Grebes in the marina that are way rare for these Potomac waters.

    1 · January 27, 2014

    • Edna

      Guys, one last thought: I'm really hoping we'll be able to see some remarkable wildlife while we're there (although at midday they will be quite elusive). It would be such an injustice to the richness of the Marsh if we come away with less than wonder! SO...let me direct you to some amazing pictures from the FB page of the "Friends of Dyke Marsh" so you can catch a glimpse of the majesty that this park beholds. Pls. check it out: https://www.facebook.c...­

      1 · January 28, 2014

  • richard f.

    Hi I live in Alexandria and am quite familiar with this hike. I go biking there quite often. usually in the spring, summer and fall! I look forward to meeting new friends!

    January 28, 2014

  • Margie

    Thanks for adding this walk. It's in an area where I know the roads and I can't get lost.

    2 · January 28, 2014

    • Louise

      So glad I am not the only one with this condition!

      January 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I didn't have to work this Saturday, this sounds ideal....

    January 27, 2014

  • Cari

    Maybe ;)

    1 · January 27, 2014

  • Moira

    Sounds fun. Wish I could make it!

    January 27, 2014

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