Maybe the third time will be a charm. Our first crossing attempt in January was confounded by ice on the bridge, and a snowstorm derailed a second attempt, but there's still one weekend left in February. Let's cross Wilson Bridge and visit The Awakening Statue in National Harbor!
The route: From the old rudder under the Wilson Bridge, we’ll walk west up the grade towards GW Parkway, turn right and cross the I-495 overpass, and turn right again to enter the Wilson Bridge footpath. From there it’s uninterrupted footpath across the bridge and along the east bank of the Potomac to National Harbor. After a short break for a snack and a little unstructured snooping, we’ll return along the same route. (Since the return is the same route, those wanting to linger longer can stay as long as they wish. There's even a water taxi back to Old Town if you're so inclined!)
The walk is around 3.2 miles each way for a total of 6.4 miles, and should take a little over 2 hours, plus however long we spend at National Harbor. The surface is paved, with graded elevation changes throughout.
A Google map is here: http://tinyurl.com/pnjtp3g
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.
What to bring: Water, comfy shoes, and your furry friend if desired. As a reminder, this is a kids-free zone, no one under 18 years of age is permitted.
Administrative stuff: There are restrooms and a drinking fountain at Jones Point Park. Parking is free and there is room for around 100 cars. There are public restrooms at several areas in National Harbor; see the Google map or the pdf map below; they are not marked on the interactive map.
National Harbor: http://nationalharbor.com/
Interactive map: http://nationalharbor.micromaps.com/
National Harbor directory (pdf): http://tinyurl.com/nggkaw3