From Revolutionary War forces marching down present-day Army-Navy Drive toward Yorktown to Union soldiers guarding Civil War-era Fort Scott to bungalows housing the nation’s workforce during WWII to Fire Station #5 dispatching first responders to the Pentagon on 9/11, the adjacent Arlington neighborhoods of Arlington Ridge and Aurora Highlands have seen it all — and thrived.
Come see for yourself as WalkArlington debuts its new Arlington Ridge – Aurora Highlands Walkabout,
a recreational walking tour of the Arlington Ridge and Aurora Highlands neighborhoods, at 3:00 on the afternoon of Sunday, June 10. The Walkabout is the 20th in our series of neighborhood walking tours and the first of our limited edition Walk Friendly Community Walkabouts.
The Walkabout route includes local treasures like the Arlington Historical Society and national icons like the Pentagon, community gathering places, historic sites, scenic overlooks, world-class
shopping destinations, and verdant parkland. Neighborhood residents and guest speakers, including County Board Chair Mary Hynes, will share the stories and secrets of this vibrant, multi-faceted community at seven stops along the route.
This new Walkabout route was developed by four longtime Arlington Ridge-Aurora Highlands residents who nominated their neighborhood during WalkArlington’s Walk Friendly Community Walkabout campaign, launched earlier this year in recognition of Arlington’s 2011 designation as a Gold-Level Walk Friendly Community. The seven-stop, two-mile walk will cover the North Loop of this two-loop, two-neighborhood Walkabout route.
Sunday’s Walkabout will kick off at 3:00 p.m. from the front steps of the Aurora Hills Community
Center, 735 18th Street South, ending up right where it started around 5:00 p.m. This walking tour is free of charge and open to all ages. Registration is not required. The Walkabout will take place RAIN OR SHINE. So mark your calendars, lace up your walking shoes, and come on out! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.WalkArlington.com for more information.
NOTE: The Air Force Cycling Classic will be taking place in nearby Crystal City on June 10, and road closures will be in place most of the day. None of the closures will affect the Walkabout route, but click here to see if any closures impact the route you take to access the Walkabout starting point at Aurora Hills Community Center.
WalkArlington, an initiative of Arlington County Commuter Services within the Department of Environmental Services, gets "more people walking more of the time" by promoting the health, environmental, community-building, and commuting benefits of walking.