This is a group for women of all ages who want to be social while enjoying some moderate exercise. Sometimes I skip the gym and just feel like going for a walk in Arlington. I thought this would be a great way to meet new people, exercise, and see the sights in Arlington. Grab your water and your fitbits to track your steps, but note this is not a running group. All women (and dogs on leashes!) are welcome. Let's get to walking and meeting awesome women! If you have an idea for a walk route, go ahead and set up a meetup! Best of all, this is a free group -- unless we happen to walk somewhere for coffee or a bite to eat!
Please note I will be taking photos of the group during walks to add to the Meetup page.
-Time: 60+ minutes total walking
-Additional: WE WILL WAIT UNTIL 11:35 AM AND THEN HEAD OUT - please take routes and traffic into consideration. Please note it's a very small parking lot. Drivers can ONLY reach Theodore Roosevelt Island from the northbound lanes of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Uber or walk/bike is recommended. If you arrive late, our route is a circle so you can catch up!
In the 1930s, landscape architects transformed Mason’s Island from neglected, overgrown farmland into Theodore Roosevelt Island, a memorial to America’s 26th president. They conceived a “real forest” designed to mimic the natural forest that once covered the island. Today miles of trails through wooded uplands and swampy bottomlands honor the legacy of a great outdoorsman and conservationist.
The plan is to walk the Swamp Trail probably twice (about 3 miles total), see map attached. At the end of the walk, we can stop in the center of the Island to see the memorial.
To access the Swamp trail: from the trailhead after the tow bridge, head either left or right and keep the Potomac River over your shoulder. Follow the trail around the entirety of Theodore Roosevelt Island and view the swamp and marshes at several vantage points along the way. The trail is part pea gravel and part boardwalk but offers scenic views of the Potomac River, and Washington D.C. no matter which way you go.
The terrain is mostly flat. Do walk at your own pace! If you need to turn around early, feel free to do so, just let a buddy know.
Please check the weather prior to heading out - it's better to wear layers that you can take off rather than being cold/hot. Please wear appropriate footwear and any sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, water etc. necessary. Dogs on leashes always welcome.