Alexandria Heritage Trail

Explore Alexandria’s archaeology and history on a unique 23-mile urban trail. The Alexandria Heritage Trail, consisting of ten trail segments and eight off-trail detours, is a segment of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. The trail is designed to give bikers and walkers a flavor of the rich and varied history of Alexandria, using designated street and off-street bike routes across the city. Much of the trail is car and wheelchair accessible.

Page updated on Jan 24, 2022 at 9:38 AM

Book cover; Walk and Bike the Alexandria Heritage TrailAlexandria Heritage Trail

The Alexandria Heritage Trail continues to grow, with new signs added each year.

New markers are in the news. Alexandria residents continue to preserve African American history, new markers added. WJLA, December 6, 2021. See below for the new Domestic Slave Trade marker.

Walk & Bike the Alexandria Heritage Trail guidebook

Take this 80-page illustrated guidebook with you on your journey. Walk and Bike the Alexandria Heritage Trail: a Guide to Exploring a Virginia Town’s Hidden Past, by City Archaeologist Pamela J. Cressey, contains maps of each trail segment and historical and archaeological information about 110 locations on the Heritage Trail. This book is out of print, but is still be available from online resellers.

Heritage Trail MapsAlexandria Bikeways Map

Alexandria Heritage Trail Map: Print an 11x17 map of the full Alexandria Heritage Trail.

Old Town Map: Print an 11x17 map of the Old Town section of the Heritage Trail.

Alexandria Bikeways Map: The 110 locations on the Heritage Trail are marked Alexandria Bikeways: Trails & on-road bike routes in and around Alexandria, Virginia, a map produced by the Office of Transit Services & Programs, Department of Transportation & Environmental Services. Download a copy of the map, or obtain a free printed copy at the Old Town Transit Shop, local bike shops, City Hall (Citizens’ Assistance, first floor), the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, or any City of Alexandria Recreation Center.

An Alexandria Heritage Trail SignHeritage Trail Signs

Historical markers are being placed a number of locations in the City of Alexandria, on the Alexandria Heritage Trail and beyond. Some of these signs include:

Fort Ward Park 
Six signs tell the story of a post-Civil War African American community. (4301 West Braddock Road)

Chinquapin Park
Chinquapin Village was built for workers at the Torpedo Factory. (3210 King Street)

Del Ray and the Town of Potomac
Eight Trail Signs were installed in 2008, on the 100th anniversary of this early streetcar suburb. 

Potomac Yard Park
Seven signs tell the history of this area, once the largest rail switching yard on the east coast. (2501 Potomac Avenue)

Star-spangled Banner Trail
Three signs are located in Alexandria as part of the  Star-Spangled Banner Trail, developed by the National Park Service, commemorate the War of 1812. 

  • "Raise the White Flag" (Waterfront Park, 1a Prince Street) 
  • "Plundered" (Torpedo Factory arcade, 101 N. Union Street, near the Timeline) 
  • "Fighting Back" (Base of Shuter's Hill, across from the Callahan Drive crosswalk) 

Jones Point, Ford's Landing, and Keith's Wharf

  • Jones Point: Visit 17 historic markers placed at Jones Point Park by the National Park Service. The Park is at 1 Jones Point Drive (walking access from the north end of Royal Street)
  • Ford's Landing: Look for a series of historic signs on the waterfront walkway at Ford's Landing, at the east end of Franklin Street.
  • Keith's Wharf: Historic signs mark the site of Keith's Wharf between Powhatan Park and Jones Point Park.