Arlington Forest Walkabout
Arlington Forest was designated a National Historic District by the National Park Service in 2005. Henderson House, the first Arlington Forest residence, was built on a 468-acre summer estate back in 1894. This Walkabout features Lubber Run Park and Amphitheater, a slice of Glencarlyn Park, and a neighborhood covered by a dense natural canopy of mature trees. To lengthen the walk, follow the W&OD Trail in either direction for as long as your feet will carry you.
Length: 2.3 miles
Terrain: Gently rolling with quiet, tree-lined residential streets; an active bike/hike trail, and a secluded gem of an urban park
Car-Free Access: The Ballston-MU Metro station is less than a mile away
Acknowledgements: Created with the Arlington Forest Citizens Association
Arlington Forest News You Can Use
Between Stops #5 and #7 is a small path that leads up to Carlin Springs Road from the W&OD Trail but most people prefer the paved route/detour onto the little Four Mile Run spur.
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- Mary Fletcher Jones
- October 10, 2011, 8:44 AM
I did this with my son. It was fun and there were some lovely parts but it seemed a lot longer than 2.3 miles, and I'm very glad we brought water. Fortunately he knew where to go as he had done it before with his dad, because I couldn't figure out the map very well. The trickiest part of this walk was between stops 5 and 7. You actually have to veer off the W&OD onto the little Four Mile Run spur, exit onto Carlin Springs Road and walk to the Mary Carlin House, about 3 blocks or so (which is a cul de sac so you can't turn there), then go up another block to stay on the walk-about path. That part was a little confusing. But I really liked it. We are going to do all of them. You know what would be fun is to get little badges, like Foursquare Badges, for each one you do. That would be cool.
- October 11, 2011, 1:31 PM
Thanks so much for the October 10 comment about the Arlington Forest Walkabout. I like your idea about badges -- we'll look into it! As for the Arlington Forest route, it is a tad longer than most of our Walkabouts, but a professional cartographer creates our maps and the 2.3 mile distance is accurate.
> And you're right that it is a bit confusing between stops 5 and 7. There is a small path that leads up to Carlin Springs Road from the W&OD but most people prefer the paved route/detour that you took. We'll note your comment on the website so that others can benefit from your experience.
> Thanks again. Let us know what you think of our other Walkabouts when you get a chance!