Washington and Old Dominion Railroad Regional ParkFollow the Washington & Old Dominion Railbed
Often called the skinniest park in Virginia, Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Railroad Regional Park is a paved trail between Shirlington and Purcellville, Virginia. Run, cycle or skate the 45-mile route along the former roadbed of the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad, which runs through the urban heartland and into the Virginia countryside. Equestrians can ride the adjacent 32-mile gravel horse trail. The W&OD trail has multiple parking areas, enabling you to jump on and off the trail at various points.
Please note: Schools are back in session and many children use the W&OD Trail to walk or bike to school. Please be courteous and use caution when you pass these groups of children.
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Points of Interest
Beltway Brewing Company is a brewery in Sterling, Virginia (Loudoun County, a Washington D.C. suburb) built exclusively as a host for partner brewing and production of contract and private label beers. The building features a tap room and a patio, where visitors can purchase pints or samplers. It also has outdoor seating.
22620 Davis Dr #110
Sterling, VA 20164
Full service bicycle shop with coffee bar. Serving locally roasted coffee and specializing in handmade frames and hand-built wheels. Big brand dealer, we also service all makes and models. Rentals available. Riding the entire 2018 Tour de France route for charity.
609 East Main Street
Purceville, VA 20132
CONSTRUCTION UPDATES 7/15/21
- Phase 1 of the City's Trammel Branch stormwater improvements are complete.
- Dominion's work relocating underground distribution lines is complete.
- Trail paving is ongoing, with anticipated completion in August.
- When all new asphalt between Grove St. and Little Falls St. has been installed, the contractor will stamp and color the center median (it is applied to the existing asphalt) for the whole trail at one time, followed by striping and signage.
- Most of the meadow plantings along the trail are complete. These areas will begin to show the diverse mix of native grasses, perennials, and flowers over the first and second growing season. The remainder of riparian buffers, shrubs, and perennial grasses will be planted in September (during fall planting season). They have the best chance for survival during this window. This mix of native plants will provide sustainable habitat for the wildlife that has existed along the trail for many years and are naturally effective at preventing invasive species from returning to the area.
- Detours will remain in place for the duration of paving work for each section of the trail.
Dominion Energy is preparing to begin work on the Wiehle Avenue Electric Transmission Relocation Project near the Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail between Isaac Newtown Square and Michael Faraday Court. As part of this project, Dominion Energy will remove existing structures, install new structures, and relocate transmission facilities. This work is necessary to accommodate a new pedestrian bridge on the W&OD Trail over Wiehle Avenue that is scheduled to be completed by summer 2023. Preconstruction activities are scheduled to begin in May 2021. These activities will consist of brush clearing within the Dominion Energy right of way and access points, matting installation, and soil borings. Construction activities are scheduled to begin in June 2021.
Dominion will need to replace a transmission tower by the W&OD Trail office in Ashburn on or around November 2nd. They will need access to the lot across from the shop for that date to set up a crane to facilitate the tower installation. The trail itself will not be blocked but the trail will need to be closed for 10-15 minutes at a time as the tower pieces are lifted via crane over the trail and set into position.
Dominion will have flaggers in position to close off trail traffic as the crane lifts the tower and installation occurs. Barring inclement weather this work is expected to take one day to complete.
Hours on the W&OD Trail vary depending on which portion is used. W&OD Trail hours are from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., from Shirlington in Arlington County, all the way to the western town limit of Herndon in Fairfax County. Beyond that, users must obey dusk mandates.
The W&OD Trail runs 45 miles from Shirlington to Purcellville. There are numerous access points with parking, or users can simply walk on or off at a point of their choosing.
Take I-395 to the Shirlington exit, bear to right heading north, go to second stoplight. Turn left on South Four Mile Run Drive. The W&OD Trail will be on the right paralleling the road. You can park along the side of the road. Not recommended for leaving your car overnight.
Bluemont Park in Arlington has 2 lots. One is at Manchester and 4th Street, north of Route 50/ Arlington Boulevard just west of Carlin Springs Road. The other is off of Wilson Boulevard, just west of the Bon Air Rose Gardens and tennis courts, on the south side of the road.
Take Route 123 into Vienna, turn on Park Street (left if coming from Tysons Corner). Turn right into the Vienna Community Center parking lot. The trail runs between the parking lot and the center.
Take Route 123 into Vienna, turn on Park Street (right if coming from Tysons Corner). Turn left at four-way stop sign onto Church, turn right onto Mill Street. Turn left onto Ayr Hill Road and then left into the parking lot at the train station.
Take Route 7 west, turn left onto Reston Parkway. Turn left onto Sunset Hills Road, then left onto Old Reston Avenue at the 7-11 store. There is a paved parking lot on the right by the trail. There is also a large commuter parking lot next to the trail further down Sunset Hills Road, although this is usually full on weekdays.
Take Elden Street to Station Street (right turn if you are coming from Route 7). At the end of station street pull down towards the large town municipal center parking lot.
This is a 70 space lot with horse trailer parking 3 miles north of Dulles Airport. From Route 28 take Waxpool Road (Route 625) westbound, turn right onto Pacific Boulevard, pass over the W&OD Trail bridge and turn left into the parking lot access road. Or from Route 28 take Nokes Boulevard (Route 1793) westbound, turn left onto Pacific Boulevard and turn right into the parking lot access road just prior to the W&OD Trail bridge.
A 40 car parking lot for W&OD Trail users at the trail intersection at Ashburn Road in Loudoun County. This lot is just on the opposite side of the trail from the famous Partlows Brothers Store, near Mile Marker 27.5.
Take Route 7 west into Leesburg, turn left onto Sycolin Road. Turn immediately right into the parking lot for the Douglass Community Center and park in the rear of the building. The trail is directly behind the building through the picnic area.
Take Route 7 west into Leesburg past the Douglass Community Center and turn left on Catoctin Circle. Follow that road until you turn left on Dry Mill Road. Turn immediately right into the parking lot of Loudoun County High School. The trail is several hundred yards further down Catoctin Circle. Only for parking on weekends during the school year. Horseback riders are requested to clean up after their horses in the parking lot.
Take Route 7 West. Exit the Bypass at Route 287; turn left. Turn right onto Hirst Road, then left on Maple Street. Turn left into the parking lot of Loudoun Valley High School. Only for parking on weekends during the school year. Horseback riders are requested to clean up after their horses in the parking lot.
Route 7 to exit for Route 287. Go south to Purcellville. Turn right onto business Route 7 ("the Pike"). Turn right onto Hatcher Street, right into gravel parking lot at trail.
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This trail is perfect
This trail is perfect for biking, walking, running, and roller skating! I made a lot of memories with my family bike riding this trail. You get to see a lot of nature and encounter some food stores along the way. If you are out at night, be sure to bring a flashlight or light source since most of the the trail doesn't have streetlights. Also watch out for deer in the evening too.
by Tina L.
Great trail. Connects with Four mile run on the other side of the road which connects to the Mount Vernon trail if you are going to Alexandria or into DC. Going west it connects with the Custis trail or you can go all the way to Purcellville. There are occasional road crossing but Arlington, Falls Church and Fairfax have been working to minimize the number and size of the crossings.
by Chris T.