Whether your little one is in a stroller, rolling, or striding confidently on their own two feet, these walks are great for helping families explore Arlington through a kid’s eyes.
Length: 2.5-mile main loop with 1.5-mile extension
Terrain: Mostly level streetscapes and adequate for all ages, with an extension to accommodate more active walkers
Highlights: This walkabout is in the Bluemont/Bon Air neighborhood, which has a network of trails, six parks, and a retail core. The walk itself showcases the Caboose at Bluemont Junction with its historical exhibit, Beaver Pond wetland, a section of the Custis and W&OD Trails, and multiple parks. Stop to refresh at the village center on Wilson Boulevard.
Length: 1.5 miles
Terrain: Relatively flat on sidewalks and groomed pathways, with an option for added exploration
Highlights: This walkabout includes three parks—Marcey Park, Lee Heights Park, and Zachary Taylor Park—as well as an elementary school. The path features towering beech trees as you walk on paved and unpaved parts of Donaldson Run Trail. More experienced walkers can traverse from here into Potomac Overlook Regional Park if you’d like to explore a little more.
Length: 2 miles
Terrain: Flat with a few short, steep parts; bonus viewing of dog park includedHighlights: This walkabout is full of kid-friendly sites to visit. Fire Station #7 will do tours on request (check ahead of time for opening status), the Animal Welfare League of Arlington always welcomes people to socialize with dogs and cats (check ahead of time for operating status), and Arlington Trades Center has the County’s stash of big trucks. Pop over to Four Mile Run, rest and re-fuel at the Village at Shirlington, or enjoy amenities at Fort Reynolds Park or Abingdon Elementary.
Posted by: Arlington Convention and Visitors Service
Posted on: 29/07/2020