Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park
Follow 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.Support your park
The W&OD (formally, the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park) is one of the best-known recreational and commuting trails in Northern Virginia. The park stretches 45 miles from Arlington to Purcellville and is typically 100 feet wide. As Northern Virginia’s population has grown, and with the increasing popularity of outdoor recreation and bicycle commuting, the trail has become more crowded – especially in towns and urban areas, and especially during peak times such as rush hour and pleasant weekends.
By signing the pledge people agree to practice proper trail etiquette such as abiding by all posted trail and stop signs, knowing when to yield the right of way, giving a clear and polite warning 2–3 seconds before passing, slow and use caution when approaching or passing other trail users, stepping off the trail when stopping and always traveling to the right of the center line. Please see the W&OD Trail Guidelines for additional ways to be safe and courteous while using the trail.
To allow e-bike use on NOVA Parks Trails, staff modified 1.14 B. (3) from the Park Authority Regulations.The amendment reads:
The park offices are closed. The park is generally open for walking/hiking/biking/horseback riding from dawn to dusk. Please use proper social distancing protocols when hiking/walking. Please take all trash with you when you leave.
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.