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Four Mile Run: Barcroft to Glencarlyn

Let’s enjoy a walk along Four Mile Run and the Washington & Old Dominion Trails!

The route: From Barcroft Sports and Fitness Center, we’ll cross Four Mile Run Drive and follow the Washington and Old Dominion Trail upstream along Four Mile Run to Glencarlyn Park. Walking west through the park we’ll explore a few historic sites in the Glencarlyn and Forest Glen neighborhoods before returning to Barcroft through Washington's woods along Four Mile Run Trail.

The walk is about 5 miles and should take about 2 hours, counting a few breaks along the way. The path is mostly paved with some fine gravel here and there.

A Google map showing the route and points of interest is here: http://tinyurl.com/beezhru

(I don't know what "beezhru" means, the url just happened that way.)

Where to meet: We'll meet in the parking lot at the Barcroft Sports and Fitness Center, 4200 S Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington, VA 22206, GPS =[masked], [masked]

How to get there: The 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. (NB: We'll be passing by Glencarlyn Dog Park along the return leg of the walk.) The forecast is sunny with a high of 46 degrees, so consider the layered look. Please remember, this is a kid-free zone, no one under 18 please.

Administrative stuff: Barcroft Park and the Barcroft Fitness Center have restrooms and drinking fountains, as does Glencarlyn Park and Long Branch Nature Center, which we will pass during our walk.

Cost: Free.

After the walk: For those who would like to get together afterwards for lunch and/or a chat, there are lots of good restaurants/pubs in the Village at Shirlington, within a few blocks of the fitness center. (Samuel Beckett's comes to mind.) A list of restaurants is here: http://villageatshirlington.com/

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  • Gordon

    Excellent

    January 7, 2013

  • Marja

    One word: Awesome! As always, you displayed that you are a thoughtful leader. Great planning and ability to make us feel cared for. Thank you for a great job.

    January 7, 2013

  • Gordon

    Think Meetup comments should be limited to positive ones only. If you can't say something nice then don't say it. Great hike!

    January 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    John,
    Great hike. Looking forward to the next meetup.
    Thanks
    Maureen

    January 6, 2013

  • Brenda C.

    beautiful

    January 6, 2013

  • Brenda C.

    I loved the hike: it was a delightful day despite having to deal with the difficult person who tried to spoil everyone elses fun!

    January 6, 2013

  • Sharon

    I agree that it was a fun hike and John did a good job leadig it.. This was my first time out witih the group, and I would definitely go again. We were on the W&OD, which is a straight, well-marked trail, not in the middle of nowhere, so I don't see how "getting lost" could be an issue.

    January 6, 2013

  • Sheri R

    Enjoyed every step. Thanks, John.

    January 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Another wonderful walking experience.....great trail and great people. THANK YOU again for organizing these John!!! :)

    January 6, 2013

  • SonaDora

    Great hike; nice pace; friendly group of people; good conversations.

    January 6, 2013

  • John M

    Beautiful day & friendly hikers! Thanks!

    January 6, 2013

  • Heather

    Great! A couple of stops for restrooms, nice paved paths. A couple of short but big hills, but I didn't mind them. Would have liked to be able to stop and read the historical markers for a bit longer, but didn't want to get behind in the group. Still, thought the pace was good. (I walk pretty fast!)

    January 6, 2013

  • Dianne

    Got a head cold... won't be able to make it. Next time!

    January 6, 2013

  • Olga C

    Can we park free in the parking lot?

    January 1, 2013

    • John M

      Yes. I think the parking garages over in Shirlington Village are free on Sundays also. (For afterwards.)

      January 1, 2013

    • Sharon

      Parking lots at Shrlington are always free, not just on Sundays.

      1 · January 5, 2013

  • Halimah

    Hi John- thanks so much for the info. See you there!

    January 3, 2013

  • Halimah

    Hello! Looking forward to doing a hike, getting to know Alexandria a bit more and meet new people. This is listed as a 5 mile/2 hour hike. Is that at a fairly moderate pace or do you have different groups of people who go at different paces? I'm interested in hiking for exercise at a moderate/fast pace. Thanks!

    January 3, 2013

    • John M

      Hey there! We don't split up events by walking pace, if that's what you mean. Brisk (4 mph) to fast (5+ mph) paces don't allow for much conversaton! I figure at a moderate (3 mph) pace, we should manage 5 miles in 2 hours, given a break & a few hills.

      1 · January 3, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Hello. I would love to come walking with you guys on Sunday. I am fairly new to the area and I live in Southern Maryland. Alexandria a little bit of a hike for me, but I definitely want to come up and check out the group. (Do you guys ever venture out into MD?) The reviews for the group look great! ( : Looking forward to meeting you all!

    January 3, 2013

    • John M

      Welcome to the group! We went to Billy Goat Trail/C&O Canal a half dozen times last year, and a hike at Cabin John, so visit the MD side of the Potomac now and then...

      January 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    John,
    I am interested in paved paths walks. Recovering from an injury. Have you heard about the washington monument walk? Thanks
    Maureen

    January 2, 2013

    • John M

      We go to the National Mall from time to time - we did the west end on December 23 and the east end on September 29. (Washington Monument is fenced off and closed!) :( This walk is almost entirely paved, as are most of our urban walks. Hope your recovey goes quickly!

      January 2, 2013

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