Last autumn we discovered that the Chambliss Street footbridge over Holmes Run is complete, so now you can walk along the Holmes Run Trail from "Buddie" Ford Nature Center all the way to Columbia Pike! Let's go check it out!
For the first leg, we'll exit the parking lot to the west to Holmes Run Trail and walk upstream to Glen Hills Park and back for a total of 1 miles. Construction along the trail blocks a walk all the way to Columbia Pike for the time being, but at least we'll take a look at the new water crossing.
After a short break, we'll depart on the second leg, downstream along Holmes Run Trail. Since our journey north was curtailed, we'll continue past the Pickett Street footbridge down to Ben Brenman park and back for a total of 4 miles.
The total walk is about 5 miles of smiles and should take about 2 hours at a moderate pace. The surface is a mix of paved and fine gravel with some steps, several low water crossings, and very minor elevation changes. This is an easy walk.
Google map: http://tinyurl.com/o8mydew
NB: If any of the low water crossings look like too much trouble due to high water, we'll just modify our route accordingly.
How to get there: From I-395 (either direction), take exit 3B to follow VA-236/Little River Turnpike exit towards Lincolnia. At the second traffic light, turn right onto N Beauregard St and follow it for 1 mile. Turn left at Sanger Ave, and the Nature Center will be on your left. (It's just past the William Ramsey Rec Center.)
What to bring: Water, comfy shoes, and your furry friend if desired (leashes please). There's a 50/50 chance of rain, so keep an umbrella handy and an eye on the forecast. 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 water fountain at the Jerome Ford Nature Center, which opens at 10 am. There is also a couple of places at nearby Hamlet Shopping Center (Starbucks, McDonald's) for a pit stop en route to the walk.
After the hike: Last time were hiking here Clyde's at Mark Center did a great job of accommodating us on short notice, so a return visit might be in order.
• Jerome "Buddie" Ford Nature Center: http://tinyurl.com/7jflobb
• Clyde's at Mark Center, 1700 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA,[masked], http://tinyurl.com/n2sjehl