Walkabouts

Looking for adventure? You don’t have to head out on the highway. Adventure is all around you—right here in Arlington. WalkArlington image of brochure cover with man carrying child on shoulderwill get you there with our series of neighborhood Walkabouts. These self-guided walking tours help you discover the beauty and history of Arlington neighborhoods.

Click on the Walkabouts listed at left to explore your options, from urban villages to rolling parkland, quaint neighborhoods to city streets. Each Walkabout map lists the starting point, distance, and type of terrain you’ll find, plus a description to give you a feel for the neighborhood. Pick the Walkabout that sounds best for you. Or start with the first tour and set a goal of walking all 20.

Eighteen of our 20 Walkabouts are also available in a brochure, which can be downloaded here in one very large PDF file: WalkArlington Walkabouts brochure (PDF, 9 MB. Adobe Reader required.) You may also download full-page Walkabout maps for individual neighborhoods by selecting from the neighborhoods listed on the column at left.

Walk Friendly Community Walkabouts

WalkArlington’s limited edition series of Walkabout routes known as Walk Friendly Community Walkabouts were developed as part of our 2012 Walk Friendly Community Walkabout Nomination Campaign, launched in recognition of Arlington County’s 2011 designation as a Gold-Level Walk Friendly Community.  The campaign asked Arlingtonians to nominate individual neighborhoods to be featured on a new Walkabout. 

Over the two-month nomination period, WalkArlington received 15 nominations for nine neighborhoods.  Four neighborhoods were selected to be highlighted with a Walkabout between 2012 and 2014. These four neighborhoods include Arlington Ridge-Aurora Highlands, Bluemont/Bon Air, Old Glebe, and Waverly Hills-High View Park-Cherrydale.

Thanks to nominations and guidance from four individuals representing a collective 100+ years of residency, the south Arlington neighborhoods of Arlington Ridge/Aurora Highlands were featured on the first Walk Friendly Community Walkabout in June 2012. The adjacent central Arlington neighborhoods of Bluemont and Bon Air were nominated by two longtime residents, and their input and inspiration led to the Bluemont/Bon Air Walk Friendly Community Walkabout, which debuted in April 2013. Nominated by three residents, the Old Glebe neighborhood was featured on the third Walk Friendly Community Walkabout, which took place in December 2013 and included a sneak preview of new interpretive features at Fort Ethan Allen. Three individuals from Waverly Hills, High View Park, and Cherrydale nominated their respective neighborhoods and WalkArlington is now working with these residents to create a combined fourth and final Walk Friendly Community Walkabout in 2014. 

WalkArlington thanks all of these individuals and neighborhoods for their time, ideas, energy and commitment to the Walk Friendly Community Walkabout project!

Walkabout Updates

Arlington is always changing. If you see something that's out-of-date in our Walkabouts maps or information, please use the Comments section below, or on any of the Walkabouts pages, to let us know.

Map: Walkabouts overview
Larger map (PDF, 1.5 MB, Adobe Reader required)

User Comments

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Comments

Rachael Schroeder
September 25, 2014, 4:23 PM

Barcroft and South Arlington are much safer and very walkable communities that include access to bike trails that lead easily to Shirlington, DC, Falls Church & beyond. I regularly walk or ride bikes with my young children (6, 6 & 5) from our Barcroft home to Shrilington, the Long Branch Nature Center, parks (Barcroft, Glencarlyn and Bluemont) and dog parks with very few roads to cross and safe access. Please include this huge gap in your walk arlington blog posts.

Peggy Parker
October 26, 2013, 8:34 AM

What a great site.

Wish you would add the Shirlington/South Arlington area to your maps. Shirlington is an eating/entertaining/happening place. Easy walk from many surrounding communities, from King Street to Four Mile run - Dog parks, Bike Path, Community Center, Animal Shelter (always has something going on), Near Columbia Pike Plus easy transportation - if you get tired of walking - to North Arl or Alex or DC.

Thank you for caring and sharing.

KATHY FONG
March 27, 2013, 7:17 PM

HI.. Don't forget about MY favorite walk.. and my neighborhood.. Old Glebe. We have such wonderful resources up at this end of the County.. from Glebe Park ( tennis, sport court, playground - while old and decrepit),Madison Center..acitiviites, DOG park, Fort Ethan Allan ( soon to be spectacular like it's sister Fort- Smith) . Gulf Branch park, Blacksmithing, The utterly fantastic Gulf Branch Nature Center and MIles of trails!

All this .. and only a mile to DC !

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