Potomac Overlook - Windy Run

Alexandria Walking & Hiking Group
Alexandria Walking & Hiking Group
Public group

Potomac Overlook Regional Park

2845 Marcey Rd · Arlington, VA

How to find us

In the parking lot at 2872 N Marcey Rd, Arlington, VA. GPS = 38.9114, -77.10777

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Let's go for a hike at Potomac Overlook Regional Park!

The route: From the parking lot of the Potomac Overlook Regional Park, we’ll walk through the park along Donaldson Run to the Potomac and follow the Potomac Heritage Trail downstream to Windy Run. At Windy Run we'll ascend the river bank into Windy Run Park and return to Potomac Overlook Regional Park along Lorcom and Vacation Lanes, N Taylor and N Utah Streets, and the Donaldson Run Trail.

The walk is a loop of around 4.7 miles and should take about 2 hours at a moderate pace. The surface is a mix of pavement, gravel and dirt, very rocky in places, with some elevation changes. Climbing up Windy Run requires a bit of scrambling.

Google map: http://tinyurl.com/he5ggwf

How to get there: The park entrance is between Chain Bridge Road (VA-120) and Spout Run Parkway (VA-124) at the intersection of N. Marcey and Military Roads, 2633 Military Road, Arlington, VA. At the intersection, turn northeast onto N. Marcey Road and follow it to the parking lot at 2872 N Marcey Rd. (Past the Donaldson Run Recreation Assn parking lot.) Detailed directions: http://tinyurl.com/qeh2bm6

NB: Do not park in the Donaldson Run Recreation Assn parking lot!

What to bring: Water, comfy shoes, and your furry friend if desired. (Leashes are required.) Sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended. There are stream crossings and the trail may be muddy in spots, so a spare pair of shoes and socks for after the hike is a good idea.

Weather: The forecast is mixed clouds and sun with a high of 91F (80-86F during our hike) and a 15% chance of scattered thunderstorms. Updates here: http://tinyurl.com/zwjnxj4


• As a reminder, this is an adult group, and you are ultimately responsible for your own safety and well-being during events. No one under 18 years of age is allowed at this event, either as members or as guests, to include babies in carriers and/or strollers.

• Watch out for traffic along Military Road and Lorcom Lane.

Administrative stuff: There are restrooms and water fountains at the parking lot. (See link to the park map below.)


• Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N Marcey Rd Arlington, VA 22207,[masked]: http://tinyurl.com/pequcwn .