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Urban History Hike - Historic Olde Towne Alexandria! 4-Mile Sneaker Hike

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Price: $5.00 /per person

History Hike! Historic Olde Towne Alexandria with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Newbie Friendly/Easy 4 Mile Sneaker Hike

Directions: Click the link under “Directions to the Trailhead” located near the end of the event listing. The linked page has location/direction details, driving/parking info, including where to Meetup after you arrive. · , VA

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Holiday Decorations in Historic Olde Towne Alexandria! A Newbie Friendly and Easy 4.2-Mile Historical Sneaker Hike with Optional Lunch

“This hike was inspired by Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups flagship urban hike – Monuments in the Moonlight. Plus, Olde Towne Alexandria reminds me so much of my hometown, Charleston, SC. So join Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group for an easy 4.2-mile sneaker hike to explore the dense history of Olde Towne!” - Leadership Team Member, Kenny

Old Town Alexandria is a quaint historic town just on the other side of the Potomac River from Washington, DC. Dating back to 1749, Alexandria’s riverfront was an important colonial port during the colonial, revolutionary and Civil War periods. Today, Old Town is a revitalized waterfront with cobblestone streets, colonial homes and churches, museums, shops and restaurants.

We start our walk by enjoying the Marina along the Potomac and Shipyard Park. Then we’ll walk through a tunnel at Windmill Hill Park and past the many churches of south Old Towne. Onward, we will pass by the Lyceum, the Confederate Soldier, the Friendship Firehouse, and through a lovely courtyard at Christ Church, and the Black History Museum. On our way back toward the marina, we will pass the Lee-Fendall House, one of the narrowest houses in America (7ft wide), George Washington’s Townhouse, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Market Square, and the majestic Carlyle House. Walking down the cobblestone section of Prince Street, passing the Athenaeum – we end up at our lunch destination, Chadwick's Restaurant. Note that this is a walking history tour, so I will only stop briefly to explain the historical significance of the many landmarks along the way.

Trail Information

Activity Type: Urban Walking/Hiking
Nearby City: Olde Town Alexandria, VA
Length: 4.2 Total miles
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Newbie Friendly, Easy, and Social Sneaker Hike

Park Entry Fee
There is no park entrance fee.

Gear Suggestions
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Weather Information
We hike rain or shine. Click Here ( to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.

Hike Pace
The goal for this hike is to maintain an average moving pace of ~ 2.5 mph. This speed is frequently used in popular hiking publications to represent the pace of an average hiker. We welcome you to please sign up for another hike if you know that this is not a comfortable pace for you. We strive to offer a variety of hikes and pace options so we can always have something for everyone no matter their interest and ability.

Our RSVP and Group Etiquette
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Carpool Suggestions and Information

Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and locations are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or to a particular hike or venues location. Please Use the Comments section below this posting or e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and/or offerings.

Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click Here ( for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Savage Station location.

Annapolis Area Carpool Suggestion - Starbucks
To carpool or caravan from the Annapolis area, people can arrange to meet at the Harbour Center Mall Starbucks. Click Here ( for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Annapolis area carpool location.

VA East Area Metro Carpool Suggestion - Vienna Metro Station
To carpool or caravan from Vienna/Fairfax area, people can arrange to meet at the Fairfax Area Metro Station. Click Here ( for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Vienna/Fairfax Metro Station location.

If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location and needs in the comment section below. Click Here ( for a list of suggested carpool locations complete with directions and other details including other carpool information. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment — by just offering a ride!

Optional Post Hike Lunch Information

We invite you to join us for a post hike meal at nearby historical Chadwicks Old Town to keep the good times going. From their web page: "We serve classic American cuisine, which includes salads, sandwiches, seafood, steaks and pasta. We have something for everyone here at Chadwicks." Click Here ( view their lunch menu and additional restaurant information.

Post Hike Restaurant Address:
203 The Strand,
Alexandria, VA
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Please type "yes for lunch" in the comment area below if you know at this time that you will be joining us for lunch.

Directions to the Trailhead
Click Here for Directions ( to Where We Meet for this Hike

Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:45-9:55 a.m.

The Hike is at 10:00 a.m.

Carpool Time from Savage Station — 8:45 a.m.

Carpool Time from Annapolis — 8:45 a.m.

Carpool Time from Vienna Station — 9:00 a.m.

Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette ( Leave No Trace ( principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer (!/) as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission ( Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, ( anddonations ARE tax deductible ( Tax ID:[masked] (

A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike!

Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there!


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