Hey Saturday's rain is supposed to drift right through, leaving us a sunny Sunday! Let's take a short-notice afternoon stroll along Mount Vernon-Dyke Marsh Trail and enjoy the changing Fall colors!
The route: From the old ship’s rudder under Wilson Bridge we'll walk south to Mount Vernon Trail, turn right, and follow the trail south past the Bald Eagle tree and Belle Haven Park, where we'll slide over onto Dyke Marsh Trail and continue south to the boardwalk overlook at the end. From there we'll retrace our steps to Jones Point.
This is an out and back walk, 2.5 miles each way, for a total of 5 miles out, and should take about two hours at a moderate pace. The surface is fairly level and paved in Jones Point Park and along Mount Vernon Trail, and pebble paths along Dyke Marsh Trail. Keep an eye out for bicyclists along Mount Vernon Trail.
A Google map of the route is here: http://tinyurl.com/mu667uv
Where to meet: We'll meet at the old ship’s rudder under Wilson Bridge, just south of the parking lot in Jones Point Park, GPS =[masked],[masked]
How to get there: The park entrance is at the south end of South Royal Street in Old Town Alexandria. From Highway 1 (either direction), take Franklin Street east to Royal Street, turn right and drive south 3 blocks until the street ends in front of Wilson Bridge. The park entrance is on your left. The street address is 100 Jones Point Drive, Alexandria, VA 22314.
What to bring: Water, comfy shoes, and your furry friend if desired. The high temperature is 62 degrees, so consider a light jacket for before and after the walk. Please remember, this is a kid-free zone, no one under 18 please.
Administrative stuff: There are restrooms and water fountains at Jones Point Park and at the Belle Haven Park along the route. Parking at Jones Point Park is free and there is room for around 100 cars. The park closes at dark.
Jones Point Park: http://www.nps.gov/gwmp/planyourvisit/jonespoint.htm