Arlington Walkabouts: Take a Fall Walk

If you haven’t tried an Arlington Walkabout, you should give it a try.  The leaves are beautiful right now, it’s great exercise, and Arlington was just made (literally) for walking.  It’s a fun way to discover parts of Arlington you might not notice by car, such as park trails.  Arlington has some fine examples of residential architecture, and many homes have fun Halloween decorations right now.

My son and I plan to complete all 16 Arlington Walkabouts in the brochure, which you can download from their website or pick up at some locations in Arlington.  Each walkabout features a different neighborhood.  The associated maps provide landmarks of interest, distance, and walking difficulty level.

I walk 3 miles every day but it seemed like the first walkabout was a lot longer than 2.3 miles.  But it was fun.  Not only did it include sidewalk walking through neighborhoods but also detours to the W&OD trail and over a hiking trail near Lubber Run.   A little of everything.  You may need to budget in extra time to figure out the maps and directions, as the walkabout maps can be a little confusing.


  • Budget extra time.  It’s easy to get a little lost, and then you will have to backtrack.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. There are places to stop and rest, though.
  • Definitely bring water (also cash if you want to stop somewhere).
  • A supplementary Arlington street map is a good idea.  The walkabout map is cute but not all the streets are marked.

About Mary Fletcher Jones

Mary Fletcher Jones is a mom, teacher, and blogger. Her blogs include Autumn in Virginia, Cool Yule Blog and You Can't Make This Stuff Up, among others. She is also the creator of "Living Well With Autism," an online resource for caregivers of children, teens, and adults with autism and related special needs.
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