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Holmes Run Trail is a 7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Alexandria, Virginia that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.0 miles Elevation Gain: 219 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

nature trips

road biking

walking

running

paved

river

views

city walk

Please note portions of the trail are closed due to damage from Hurricane Lee. Current Detour: -NE on N Beauregard Street -Right on Sanger Ave -Cross over N Van Dorn Street to Richenbacher Ave -Right on N Pegram Ave to Holmes Run Parkway This should link up to the main trail after detour Please check in with the city of Alexandria website for most up to date information on trail status and which segments are open or closed. They have detour maps for pedestrians and mountain bikes. Trail can be entered at various points along route.

7 days ago

Went for a run, crowded but rather flat. Excellent place for an in and out run! Saw lots of wildlife, but it was rather late in the day. Honestly dark by the time I finished, bats, snakes (in the water), birds, deer.

hiking
bridge out
flooded
washed out
17 days ago

hiking
washed out
22 days ago

This trail was a delightful find in busy, developed Northern Virginia! I’m used to the 4 Mile Run Trail in Arlington and this trail felt super wide, heavily wooded, and less crowded by comparison. We purposefully went around 7:30PM on a summer Saturday night to avoid any crowds. Lots of kids in the stream and families picnicking but no crowds on the paved trail. We started at the trail head on Columbia Pike. It was a tad confusing when the trail eventually joined with Dora Kelley Nature Park because there were signs for both parks. It got even more confusing when they split again just before Beauregard Street. This is because this section of the Holmes Run Trail was damaged during a July 2019 storm and has yet to be fixed. We just turned around because we weren’t sure how to rejoin on the other side, but studying a map before you go might help. Just a note that you have to cross the run 5 times and there are stepping stones to do so. If you have a bike or stroller you’ll have to drag it through the water or carry it over. One part of the run had pretty high water (about 6 inches) and the family in front of us with a stroller was not thrilled about it.

hiking
1 month ago

Over all a great paved hike. There are still portions closed, but easy to navigate around. Ample shade and not too crowded. This is a really nice out and back walk. Really easy. Great for all fitness levels.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, however it is not stroller- friendly. Not paved all the way and there are streams you have to cross with stepping stones.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Solo

mountain biking
1 month ago

Solo 2020 corona in full affect

hiking
1 month ago

Lovely, light trail with fun crosses through the streams. Good for a stroll!

hiking
bridge out
bugs
1 month ago

I would highly recommend! Beautiful straight trail but has some rivers you need to cross by stepping on stones- wouldn’t recommend for elderly.

hiking
flooded
2 months ago

mountain biking
bridge out
2 months ago

The directions are incorrect after detour; you must make a right on Sangar —not left

mountain biking
bridge out
2 months ago

Great trail, but couldn’t finish blocked off at Morgan & Beauregard. 5 water crossings, rode my bike like a kid through 4 of them. One was too deep. Fantastic joyful ride. The directions after detour are incorrect; you must make a right on Sangar not left. If you go left you enter the trail and return to the starting point. Trail endpoint is on Duke & Jordon Street; entry point is near Exxon gas station.

hiking
2 months ago

Can’t complete with detour

walking
3 months ago

Sunday afternoon walk

walking
blowdown
3 months ago

As of 4 April 2020, trail is cut off at the I-395 underpass due to damage from flooding. Detour via N Beauregard St- Sanger Ave-N Van Dorn St-Holmes Run Pkwy is required.

hiking
bridge out
3 months ago

There is a detour due to flooded bridge. Your feet will get wet on some of the 5 water crossings as of today.

hiking
bridge out
3 months ago

hiking
flooded
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Trail detour

road biking
muddy
washed out
Wed Jun 19 2019

I tried this twice, and bottom line, it's far from ideal for road biking. For starters, there are five water crossings in the first five minutes. Most are deep enough that you have to dismount to cross. Then about a mile and a half in, the trail is closed. The detour is not paved, so I had to turn around. Except for biking to/from the trailhead, both trips were a bust. I'm giving it two stars, though, because it is a pretty park.

Wed Jan 02 2019

Nice easy trail. Part of the trail is currently being rerouted through several apartments and housing areas at Beauregard Street. Lots of litter that needs to be cleaned up.

Thu May 31 2018

As of May 31, 2018. This map is incorrect. The trail is closed a mile in. An extremely easy walk though.

walking
Fri Apr 27 2018

Nice quiet trail with easy walking along blacktop path between Chambliss and Lake Barcroft dam. Five steam crossings with elevated walking stones which are easy to use unless it’s within a day after significant rain in which case stones are underwater. If it’s summer and no recent rain this Stormwater stream runs quite slow. Lots of local birds, wildflowers and ducks. Very peaceful. Trail no longer closed.

running
Tue Oct 03 2017

Great trail run! As of 3 Oct 17, the trail was closed about 2.5 miles in. I had to take a significant detour to get back on path.

Sun Jun 25 2017

Great local trail with two vibes divided by Beauregard St. The trail SE of Beauregard goes toward Old Town Alexandria with an urban and suburban feel, including the ability to stop at restaurants or shops, whereas the trail NW of Beauregard goes through the forest toward Lake Barcroft and then Falls Church. Trail is along Holmes Run which can be a gentle, meandering creek or a heavier storm water flow. This trail changes with the seasons offering year round beauty.

running
Fri Jun 16 2017

Sucks. The map is incorrect and the trail is blocked at Beauregard.

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