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Alexandria Heritage Trail

Explore Alexandria’s archaeology and history on a unique 23-mile urban trail. The Alexandria Heritage Trail, consisting of ten trail segments and eight off-trail detours, is a segment of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. The trail is designed to give bikers and walkers a flavor of the rich and varied history of Alexandria, using designated street and off-street bike routes across the city. Much of the trail is car and wheelchair accessible.

Book cover; Walk and Bike the Alexandria Heritage TrailWalk & Bike the Alexandria Heritage Trail guidebook

Take this 80-page illustrated guidebook with you on your journey. Walk and Bike the Alexandria Heritage Trail: a Guide to Exploring a Virginia Town’s Hidden Past, by City Archaeologist Pamela J. Cressey, contains maps of each trail segment and historical and archaeological information about 110 locations on the Heritage Trail. This book is out of print, but may still be available from online resellers.


Alexandria Bikeways MapAlexandria Bikeways Map

The 110 locations on the Heritage Trail are marked Alexandria Bikeways: Trails & on-road bike routes in and around Alexandria, Virginia, a map produced by the Office of Transit Services & Programs, Department of Transportation & Environmental Services. Download a copy of the map, or obtain a free printed copy at the Old Town Transit Shop, local bike shops, City Hall (Citizens’ Assistance, first floor), the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, or any City of Alexandria Recreation Center.


An Alexandria Heritage Trail SignTrail Signs

Historical markers are being placed a number of locations in the City of Alexandria, on the Alexandria Heritage Trail and beyond. Some of these signs include:


Fort Ward Park 
Six signs tell the story of a post-Civil War African American community. (4301 West Braddock Road)


Chinquapin Park
Chinquapin Village was built for workers at the Torpedo Factory. (3210 King Street)


Del Ray and the Town of Potomac
Eight Trail Signs were installed in 2008, on the 100th anniversary of this early streetcar suburb. 


Potomac Yard Park
Seven signs tell the history of this area, once the largest rail switching yard on the east coast. (2501 Potomac Avenue)


Star-spangled Banner Trail
Three signs are located in Alexandria as part of the  Star-Spangled Banner Trail, developed by the National Park Service, commemorate the War of 1812. 

  • " Raise the White Flag" (Waterfront Park, 1a Prince Street) 
  • " Plundered" (Torpedo Factory arcade, 101 N. Union Street, near the Timeline) 
  • " Fighting Back" (Base of Shuter's Hill, across from the Callahan Drive crosswalk) 


Jones Point
Visit 17 historic markers at 1 Jones Point Drive, at the end of South Royal Street.

  • These historic markers were placed at Jones Point Park by the National Park Service.


Ford's Landing
Look for a series of historic signs on the waterfront walkway at Ford's Landing, at the east end of Franklin Street.

  • Historic signs mark the site of Keith's Wharf,  between Powhatan Park and Jones Point Park.



 
 

Alexandria Archaeology Museum
105 N. Union Street, #327
Alexandria, VA 22314
703.746.4399
Fax: 703.838.6491
Email 

Museum Hours
Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m
Monday, Closed

Office Hours
Tuesday - Saturday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
by appointment