Here are some resources to help you to enjoy all the Trail has to offer.
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 may still be available from online resellers.
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.
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 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)
(1 Jones Point Drive, at the end of South Royal Street)
- Visit 17 historic markers placed at Jones Point Park by the National Park Service.
(Ford's Landing Way, at the east end of Franklin Street)
- Look for a series of historic signs on the site of Keith's Wharf, on the waterfront walkway at Ford's Landing, at the southern end of Old Town, between Powhatan Park and Jones Point Park.