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