Pike Hike II

A continuation of Pike Hike I, WalkArlington’s Pike Hike II Walkabout begins and ends at Columbia Pike Town Center West, one of the main crossroads along this 200-year-old thoroughfare. Established as the Columbia Turnpike on April 12,1810, Columbia Pike remains a primary link from Washington, D.C. to Arlington and beyond. But today’s revitalized Pike is much more than a transportation crossroads -- Columbia Pike is also a cultural crossroads, linking nations and traditions from around the globe. Africa to South America, Asia to Europe, this stretch of the Pike has it all.

Just a few blocks north of the Pike is the rambling green space of Alcova Heights Park, surrounded by neighborhoods with quaint bungalows and tree-lined streets. Along Walter Reed Drive, a wealth of local resources welcomes walkers back to Town Center West and Columbia Pike’s transformed downtown.

  • Length: Approximately 2 miles
  • Terrain: Mostly flat with slightly hilly terrain near Alcova Heights Park; busy arterial corridor, offset by parkland and residential neighborhoods
  • Car-Free Access
    To get to the start of each Walkabout route, there are plenty of car-free options.  Visit CarFreeNearMe to determine which of those options, from Capital Bikeshare to ART to Metro, is best for you. 
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  • PRINTABLE WALKABOUT ROUTE MAP IS AVAILABLE HERE: English or Spanish (PDF, 260 KB, Adobe Reader required)

Columbia Pike News You Can Use

While you're out in Columbia Pike, check out the Columbia Pike Farmers Market, at the corner of Columbia Pike and S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, VA 22204. Hours: Sundays, 9am – 1pm

Historic Highlight: The intersection of Columbia Pike and Glebe Road is the historically important intersection once known as Hunter’s Crossroads. Read more.

Arlington County Adopts Columbia Pike Neighborhoods Area Plan – July 23 2012

Have Some News We Can Use? As much as we try to keep our Walkabout maps up to date, Arlington keeps 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  If you see something that's out-of-date in our Walkabouts maps or information, please use the Comments section below, or on any of the Walkabouts pages, to let us know and we'll add the update under News You Can Use for that Walkabout.

Map: Pike Hike II Walkabout

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