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Mount Vernon - Dyke Marsh Trail

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.

Notes:

Jones Point Park: http://www.nps.gov/gwmp/planyourvisit/jonespoint.htm

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  • Priscilla

    It was an excellent workout! Falling behind after our restroom stop, Grace and I continued on trail past Belle Haven, thinking group was ahead of us. I remembered we were to turn off the trail. I did not remember, however, it was into BH. For sure, we passed 6 mi marker. At the start of seeing houses adjacent to the trail, I asked a walker where is BH. She said b/ 7 and 8 mi markers behind me. I estimate we went as far as Alexandria Ave (5 mi) or Collingwood Blvd (4 mi). We turned around hoping to catch up with group. Returning to rudder at 2:30, we saw no signs of the group. I regret that we missed views of Dyke Marsh. I assume we missed being up close to the light house, as well. I will definitely have to make the trip again, on way or another, to see what I missed. . . . gotta admit--I soaked my feet in Epsom salt and massaged them for about an hour!! :) I don't think the hiking boots are that well-suited for the surface we were walking on (I did a little jogging as well). Peace

    October 22, 2013

    • John M

      Next time please give me a call. I always post my cell phone number. If nobody calls, I have to assume everyone is happy.Glad you got a good workout! And you're right -- hiking boots are overkill for most walks...

      October 22, 2013

  • Elham

    I couldn't find the trail.

    October 20, 2013

    • John M

      Hope to see you next time!

      1 · October 20, 2013

    • Elham

      I came a little late so I couldn't find you. Hope you had a great time. See you later!

      October 20, 2013

  • Grace

    Priscilla and me felled behind the group and got lost in the trail :(.

    1 · October 20, 2013

  • John M

    Beautiful day, happy people! Thanks!

    October 20, 2013

  • Edna

    What a gorgeous day and a perfect little hike!

    October 20, 2013

  • Steve

    @ YoLove.

    October 20, 2013

    • Ellen

      No parking...at Sweet Frog

      October 20, 2013

  • Mandy W

    Sounds like a fun trip, but I already have plans. BTW, I had fun adventure yesterday: a 3-hour LL Bean "fall foliage" tour in single-person kayaks on the Occuquan River. Even in the gloomy weather (luckily, we didn't get any actual rain), it was enjoyable and others in this group might like to too. There are no more foliage tours this season, but there's a $20 beginners intro that's offered next weekend.

    www.llbean.com/llb/shop/[masked]?reldesc=Kayaking%20Discovery%20Course

    October 20, 2013

  • Edna

    Oh John...

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • Naomi

    I signed up with another meetup at 8am the same place but you've noon start time so I can get enough sleep :)

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • Skysusan

    Would love to do this walk in my hood, but I'm off to the Skins game at Theismanns :) hugs and enjoy... sky

    October 19, 2013

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