Pike Hike (Columbia Pike) Walkabout
Established in 1801 as the Columbia Turnpike, Columbia Pike is an invaluable transportation corridor currently being transformed into a walkable main street. Its vast array of eateries reflects the diverse backgrounds of the surrounding communities. This Walkabout is an easy perusal of the eastern end of Columbia Pike, South Arlington’s main street.
- Length: 1.9 miles plus optional 0.6-mile add-on
- Terrain: Mostly flat with the exception of S. Englewood St.
- 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.
- Acknowledgements: Created with Chris Zimmerman, Arlington County Board
- PRINTABLE WALKABOUT ROUTE MAP IS AVAILABLE HERE: English or Spanish (PDF, 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: Farther west along Columbia Pike, at the intersection with Glebe Road, is the historically important intersection once known as Hunter’s Crossroads. Read more.
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 If you see something that's out-of-date in our Walkabouts maps or information, please use the Comments section below, or on any of the Walkabouts pages, to let us know and we'll add the update under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.
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- Patricia Meier
- August 28, 2016, 9:17 AM
Thank you for posting this video. I moved to Arlington Village because the neighbors are friendly, welcoming and helpful without being nosy or intrusive. I visit one neighbor in the morning drinking coffee & bird watch off her back deck and some evenings drink wine with other neighbors. We go to the farmer's market together.
Before committing to the commute and the increased rent, I spent time at Rappahannock coffee shop to get a feel for the neighborhood. This is a true community where people have the sophistication of the city and a neighborly attitude, "Since we're neighbors, let's be friends!" I love it here.
Celtic House is only 2 years old but pick a day and you will see regulars there. The food is good and eventually, everybody will know your name! I've been in Virginia for 2 years, I was bored living out by the Sully Rd/Hwy 28 corridor because those neighborhoods are not community-minded. In a year out there I knew 3 people. Here, within 3 months I had acquaintances to join and enjoy the local cultural events.
Penrose square shows free outdoor movies in the summer and has a 1-day jazz festival.
Most importantly, I shared the video with my family so they could get a sense of what my neighborhood looked like! Thank you!!!