Barcroft - Four Mile Run

It’s been a while since we visited the Barcroft Fitness Center along Four Mile Run, and we always seem to head upstream from there. Let’s switch it up and hike downstream to Four Mile Run Park!

The route: From the Barcroft Sport and Fitness Center, we’ll thread our way south through the ballfields to Four Mile Run Trail and head downstream,  following it all the way to Four Mile Run Park, just off Mount Vernon Avenue, and return.

The hike is out-and-back, 2.7 miles each way, for a total of 5.4 miles of smiles. The surface is paved throughout and fairly level.

A Google map of the route:  http://tinyurl.com/p9brlp6

Where to meet: We'll meet in the parking lot in front of the fitness center.

How to get there: Barcroft Sport and Fitness Center is about a mile west of I-395 along South Four Mile Run Drive. From I-395S, take Exit 7 (Shirlington), turn right on S. Shirlington Road, the 2nd left onto S Four Mile Run Drive, and the fitness center will be on your left. From I-395N, take Exit 6 (Shirlington), a slight left at the fork for N Quaker Lane (follow signs for Shirlington) followed by a slight right onto S Shirlington Rd, turn left onto S Four Mile Run, and proceed to the fitness center, which will be on the left. (Sorry, Metro riders will have to make carpooling arrangements in the comments section. Bus 22A, which serves the fitness center, currently does not run on Sundays.)

What to bring: Water, comfy shoes, and your furry friend if desired. The  forecast is cloudy and a high of 52 degrees, so consider the layered look.

Administrative stuff: There are public restrooms and drinking fountains at the Barcroft Sport and Fitness Center, and a porta-john at the turnaround point in Four Mile Run Park. As a reminder, this is a kids-free zone, no one under 18 please.

Notes: 

Barcroft Sports and Fitness Center: http://tinyurl.com/yc78uya

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  • Celeste J.

    Cant believe I missed this. I work right in the area

    March 26, 2014

  • Sook K.

    Thanks John for another great walk. Thai lunch was wonderful too.

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • Claire S.

    John thanks for putting this together

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • John M

    Brrrrrrisk! Thanks!!

    March 23, 2014

  • Kate y.

    Sorry for being late. Nice people nice walk.

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • Bill L.

    Another great walk put together by our fearless leader -- thanks John.

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • Claire S.

    I am almost there

    March 23, 2014

  • Laura B.

    Hey! I won't be able to make it...I look forward to next time :-)

    March 23, 2014

  • Patricia

    Hi all. I was so much looking forward to my first walk with your group but it seems life intervened and I won't make it. Next time for sure. Enjoy a wonderful walk on this cool Spring day! Patricia

    March 23, 2014

  • lynn m.

    Hey John, Feeling a bit under the weather. probably not a good idea for me to be out of doors. Hope to walk/hike with your group soon. Thanks, Lynn

    March 23, 2014

    • John M

      Get well soon! No fun being sick during springtime...

      1 · March 23, 2014

    • lynn m.

      Thanks John!

      March 23, 2014

  • Laura B.

    Will be good to meet y'all'

    1 · March 22, 2014

  • John M

    Hey folks,

    Should be a pleasant Sunday afternoon stroll! My cell number is[masked]; please give me a call (no texts) if you need anything.

    See you at Barcroft Fitness Center!

    March 22, 2014

  • lynn m.

    Hi John, This will be my first walk with your group. I may have to leave the walk before you have completed it for a prior engagement. Is there any problem turning back and heading home? I live very close by and know the area well. Thanks, Lynn

    1 · March 22, 2014

    • John M

      None at all!

      March 22, 2014

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