Potomac Yard Trail

Virginia

Potomac Yard Trail Facts

States: Virginia
Counties: Alexandria, Arlington
Length: 2 miles
Trail end points: Braddock Rd & Mt. Vernon Ave (Alexandria) and Potomac Ave & S Glebe Rd (Arlington)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 8768291
Trail activities: Bike, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Potomac Yard Trail Description

Providing an important urban link between the Crystal City area of Arlington and the western edge of historic Alexandria, the Potomac Yard Trail is a huge boon to the area for commuting as well as recreation.

Starting in the south, the trail begins outside the Braddock Road Metro station, and heads north parallel to the train tracks and Main Line Blvd. The trail then follows Potomac Ave as it heads into the recently developed Potomac Yard Park, which offers basketball and tennis courts, picnicking spots, and a neat interactive fountain. The trail continues until it reaches E Glebe Road, where users can cross Potomac Ave to continue north into Crystal City and connect to the popular Four Mile Run Trail. This section of the trail is temporary and is more like a sidepath, as the neighboring shopping center is scheduled for a massive redevelopment project, but a more permanent trail will replace it once that project is complete.

Users can also extend their trip further south by heading east on Braddock Road and crossing to connect to a short trail, which takes you along the tracks to the King Street Metro station. With all of its recreational offerings and connections to area trails, the Potomac Yard Trail is quickly becoming a real asset in this rapidly changing area.

Parking and Trail Access

There is no dedicated trail parking at this time. Metered street parking is available near the south end of the trail in Alexandria; be sure to follow any posted parking restrictions. Trail users may also make use of the nearby Braddock Road Metro station, on the Blue and Yellow lines.

To reach the southern trailhead from out of town, take I-495 towards Alexandria. Take exit 177 and get on US 1/S Patrick Street heading north into Alexandria. Turn left onto Wythe Street, then continue onto E Braddock Road; the trail begins just past the underpass for the train tracks on the right.

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