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A walk on a weekday? On Wednesday? Why not? Let’s meet by the King Street Metro Station and go for a walk around Old Town!
The route: From the bike rack across Diagonal Road from King Street Station parking lot, we’ll walk southeast past the statue of the Edmondson Sisters to Duke Street, east for a block, and then south along Hooff’s Run to the north boundary of Alexandria National Cemetery at Jamieson Avenue. From there we’ll work our way east through Old Town to the waterfront, passing the site of the old O&A Railroad Roundhouse and going through Wilkes Street Tunnel (of course) along the way. From there we’ll follow the Potomac upstream through the waterfront parks to Tidelock Park, where we’ll turn back south along the Mount Vernon Trail and Fairfax Street to King Street, for a break by the fountain by the Town Hall and the Ramsay House. From there it’s back west along King Street all the way to our starting point, with an eye out for possible lunch spots along our way.
The walk is 5 miles of smiles and should take about 2 hours. The surface is paved throughout and fairly level.
A Google map of the route is here: http://tinyurl.com/km8bjm2
How to get there:
• Metro: King Street Station is on the Blue and Yellow Lines.
• Driving: From I-395, take VA-7 / King Street east about 2.8 miles. Take the first right after passing under the railroad (Daingerfield Street), and an immediate right onto Diagonal Road. From US-1 / Richmond Highway, follow King Street west 0.5 miles, take a sharp left onto Daingerfield, and the first right onto Diagonal Road.
What to bring: Water, comfy shoes, and your furry friend if desired (leashes, please). Sunscreen is recommended.
Administrative stuff: There are restrooms and drinking fountains at the Torpedo Factory and the Ramsay House (Alexandria Visitor Center) along our way. Before the walk, there’s a Starbuck’s northeast of the station for a beverage and a pit stop.