Recreation Report: Hidden-Gem Hikes

Unplugging for a digital detox, if even for just an hour, is a great way to get beyond our newsfeeds and actually connect with family and friends. Summer is the perfect time to power down our devices, lace up our sneakers, and get a little Vitamin D. The best part is that you don’t have to travel too far or be an extreme backpacker to find hidden-gem hikes and parks in Alexandria. We have plenty of beautiful green space in our own backyard. Here are three of our favorite, local outdoor spots:


For the Nature Lover: Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve

This wetlands preserve showcases amazing blue hues and waterfront views that have even been featured in Southern Living. Believe it or not, but Dyke Marsh is actually one of the largest remaining freshwater tidal wetlands in the Washington metropolitan area. Feel free to get your adventure on by walking along the wooden boardwalks through the marshland or kayaking through the swaying reeds. Another thing you’ll quickly notice about Dyke Marsh? The shore birds. This spot is amazing for bird watching or for simply closing your eyes and relaxing to the oriole’s songs.

Photo credit: @samanthabrookephoto


Kid-Friendly Frolic: Huntley Meadows Park

This park is the perfect spot for long nature walks or quick moments of zen. It’s the home to significant historic landmarks, majestic forests, wildflower meadows, and vast wetlands. The easy trails and smooth boardwalks make it the perfect hike for kids. Kiddos will love climbing the observation tower, which is conveniently just .7 miles away from the visitor center! The little ones will also love that it’s located just four miles away the best ice cream shops in Del Ray and Old Town.

Photo credit: @cbergfeldt


Happy Hour “Hike”: George Washington Distillery, Mount Vernon

Looking for nature with a side of history…and whiskey? How about walking the grounds of George Washington’s distillery and tasting a few libations? This is the only authentic 18th-century distillery in the United States. It still runs daily, producing whiskey, brandy, and other spirits from Washington’s time. Come enjoy the vast picnic areas, stone walls, and stream views, and then walk along a guided tour of the grounds and distillery. Now that’s something we can cheers to!

Photo credit: Mount Vernon


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Born, raised, and bred in Alexandria, VA, Britt Patterson is a true product of the great state of Virginia. Britt attended Waynewood Elementary (Class of ’96), Carl Sandburg Middle School (Class of ’98) , and West Potomac High School (Class of ’02), she then went on to attend Virginia Tech (go Hokies!) where she majored in Business Marketing and Minored in Real Estate. Britt “officially” joined the family business as a licensed Realtor in 2008 after two years of working the political fundraising field and prides herself on her Alexandria real estate knowledge, alongside her integrity, loyalty, and professionalism as an agent and Vice President for the family business.

The Patterson Group is one of the most experienced and trusted real estate teams in the area, serving Alexandria, VA for over thirty years. We offer professional, hardworking, detailed and friendly service and a large network of contacts and resources accrued over our many years in Alexandria real estate. Comprised of seven Alexandria locals, six of whom are licensed realtors and three of whom are accredited staging professionals, The Patterson Group is passionate and knowledgeable about Alexandria, VA and here for all of your Northern VA real estate needs. Allow us to help you find your home here and discover all that the Alexandria lifestyle has to offer.

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