Monday, November 21, 2011

Giving Thanks 5k--Thursday November 24, 2011

Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Location: Vienna
Notes: "Giving Thanks 5k" event from 8 AM - 10 AM. The 5k runs from approximately the Vienna Train Station out to Clarks Crossing Park then returning to the station. About 400 people expected for this event.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Information on accident needed

I am looking for anybody who may have information on an accident
occurred on October 8th 2011 around 1pm on the WOD trail . Behind Firestation number 6 on Falls church. Just past lee hwy (around mile 6 on the trail)

I spent several days in the hospital as a result of the accident. I do not remember the accident at all and I am hoping to find a witness that can help me piece together what happened then.
Santiago Davila
email_adr =

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Town of Vienna, Virginia Police Department

Media Information Release
Request for Witnesses to Bicycle vs. Car
Hit and Run Crash
On September 29, 2011 at approximately 3:45 p.m. a white colored Honda
Civic bearing Maryland license plates struck a juvenile bicyclist at the
intersection of Maple Avenue, SE and the Washington and Old Dominion
The bicyclist sustained minor injuries but the striking motorist fled from the
scene. The driver of the vehicle that fled is described only as a Hispanic
Anyone with any information regarding this crash is asked to contact MPO
Sheeran at or 703-255-7826.
For further information please contact:
MPO Bill Murray- Town of Vienna Police Department
Public Information Officer at or 703-255-6396
See Something? Say Something! Help Police Fight Crime.
Call 9-1-1.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Trail Events--September 24

Pet Carnival

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: Loudon HS
Notes: Paws 4 People Puppy Prance & Canine Carnival sponsored by Paws 4 People Foundation. Section of trail to be used is from Loudoun County High School (mile marker 35.5 near bridge) to Foxridge Park. At most a one mile dog walk event. Approx 150 people for this event.

Charity Walk
Time: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Vienna-Clark's Xing
Notes: Walk for Growing Hope" sponsored by the Optimist Club of Greater Vienna. It is a walk from the Vienna Town Green out to Clark's Crossing and returning to the Town Green. Approx 250 participants for this event.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Trail Damage

This weeks deluge did a bit of damage to the trail next to Piney Branch, west of Vienna.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Alzheimer's Tour De Canal, Sept 11, 7:30a to 5:00p

The Alzheimer's Association, National Capitol Area, Tour de Canal, has
been moved from the C & O Canal as a two day, 184 mile ride to
a one day ride on the W & OD Trail.

Starting times will be staggered from 7:30 to 2:00, and leave from the Herndon Station parking lot.

Riders will be doing 20, 50, and 90 mile rides.

Rest/water stops will be in Bon Air, Herndon, Leesburg, and Purcillville.

Monday, August 29, 2011

iPod Oblivion

Any of this sound familiar?

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Trees down between Vienna and Reston

There's one large tree down just east of Difficult Run. It's possible to get around it on the shoulder. Another tree is partially blocking the trail just west of Hunter Mill Rd.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Trail Event- August 27

Civil War Hike

Date: Saturday August 27, 2011
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Wiehle-Hunter Mill
Notes: Civil War Hike. Monthly hike of Civil War reenactors from Wiehle Avenue to Hunter Mill Road. Time of event is from 9 AM to 5 PM. Approx one dozen hikers for this event.

Trail Event--September 3

Hail the Trail', Saturday, September 3
Hail the Trail, part of Dominion Power's Trail Mix, will be held on Saturday, September 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at 10 different locations along the W&OD trail. Volunteers are needed to support the 'Park Station' Hail the Trail site in Vienna. Volunteers will meet at the Vienna Community Center and help remove trash and invasive species. Each volunteer will receive a free t-shirt! The first 100 volunteers on site will receive a free pastry courtesy of Vienna Fresh Market. Visit Dominion Trail Mix ( )for more information. To register as a Hail the Trail participant, visit:

Thursday, August 25, 2011


There were some unusual visitors in Vienna late yesterday afternoon- 30 velomobiles. They started their trip July 28th in Portland, Oregon and ended their journey in Georgetown last night. FABB arranged a stop in Vienna at the caboose and everybody present got a good look at these exotic machines. To give you an idea of how fast they move, the first sighting was in Leesburg on the east side of town; one hour later they were in Vienna- that's from the 32 mile marker to just east of the 12 mile marker. At one point out west going downhill one of the riders recorded a speed of 70mph. A more detailed look at their journey can be found here:

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Trail Event--August 21

Reston Bike Club Century
Time: 6:30 am - 5:30 pm
Location: W&OD Leesburg-Reston
Notes: Approximately 1200 riders start at Reston Town Center. The portion of the W&OD used for this event is from Grace Street in Herndon to Ashburn Road (westbound leg) and returning from Leesburg to Reston Town Center via trail in its entirety (eastbound leg).

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Construction at Maple Avenue

This picture, looking westward, shows the new intersection with Maple Avenue in Purcellville. The gravel bed coursing leftwards will be the new trail. On the other side, an identical alteration is in process with result that the trail will cross Maple Avenue at a right angle.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Training for New Patrollers

Orientation for new Trail Patrol members will be held at 8:30 AM on Saturday, September 17th, at the intersection of the W&OD and Sandburg St. in Dunn Loring. Bring a chair or something to sit on. The session should last about an hour. No need to bring anything except pen and paper if you want to take a note or two.

If you are interested in becoming a member you should attend. This session gives a basic overview of what the Trail Patrol is and what it does. Please let the training coordinator know if you are going to attend. Contact: Dirck Harris, Patrol Training Coordinator,

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Trail Event- August 14

Leesburg 10/20K Run

Date: Sunday August 14, 2011
Time: 7:00 am - 10:00 am
Location: Dry Mill Road near 4H Fairground to Leesburg
Notes: Leesburg 10k/20k sponsored by Potomac River Running Events Inc.
Approx 1200 people for this event.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Patroller Orientation

Date: Saturday August 13, 2011
Time: 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Location: intersection of W&OD & Sandburg St - Vienna
Notes: All new patroller trainees are encouraged to attend.
If you have questions or want to sign up contact Dirck Harris, Patrol Training Coordinator

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Flooding at Wilson Blvd. underpass

Certainly it will not last very long, but people should be careful at the underpasses.

Arlington, VA at Wilson Blvd.

If that does not look scary look at the video ...

Friday, July 29, 2011

Way Up There

Larry Hodgin caught this the other day. Some of the underpasses on the W&OD must get interesting with this rig...

Trail Event--July 30

The 5th(?) annual Friends of the W&OD 10K is scheduled for Saturday, July 30. It will start at 6:30 p.m. on the west side of Ayr Hill Road in Vienna. Runners head west on the trail, leave the trail briefly near Clark's Crossing to run a short spur in the neighborhood, then return to the trail to run to Hunter Mill Road, turn around (without crossing HMR), and return east to finish at Ayr Hill Road. Expect more trail congestion than usual due to the race. Last runners should be off the trail by 8:00 p.m. (before dark!). Usually 400 runners and about 100 more people who are volunteers and spectators. Information is at the Friends website:

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


The Maple Avenue and W&OD Trail Pedestrian Improvements project will begin on Tuesday, July 5th, 2011. The Town’s contractor will begin working at the W&OD
Trail at Maple Avenue, and will shortly thereafter continue along the east side of North Maple Avenue. Daytime temporary traffic flaggers and short period closures can be expected during construction. Detours will be provided for users of the W&OD Trail around longer term work areas in the area of Maple Avenue. The improvements will include the installation of a 10FT wide multi-use asphalt trail along the east side of North Maple Avenue and connect pedestrian and cyclist access from East
Main Street to Loudoun Valley High School and the W&OD Trail. The improvements will also include the realignment of the W&OD Trail as it intersects North Maple Avenue and provide a safer more perpendicular crossing. Total construction time from start to finish is anticipated to take approximately three months.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Trail event today

There will be a Womens’ Run from 8 to about 10 am. They will be using the trail between the Reston and Herndon Parkway, both directions. There is a possibility of up to 400 participants.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Atlantic Boulevard overpass

Signs along the trail inform us that steel for the Atlantic Boulevard overpass will be set June 21 through June 24. Intermittent trail closures should be expected when the overhead steel is unsecured. Atlantic Boulevard is near Mile Marker 23.5; between Route 28 and Church Road.

Friday, June 17, 2011

New Member Orientation

Reminder from: WODtrailpatrol Yahoo! Group
Title: Patroller Orientation
Date: Saturday June 18, 2011
Time: 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Location: Vienna - Sandburg St
Notes: Orientation for new Trail Patrol members will be held at 8:30 AM on Saturday, June 18th, at the intersection of the W&OD and Sandburg St. in Dunn Loring. Bring a chair or something to sit on. The session should last about an hour.No need to bring anything except pen and paper if you want to take a note or two. Contact: Dirck Harris, Patrol Training Coordinator, Dirck_H55@....

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Beltway Bridge Opening at 10:00, not 11:00

The new bridge over the Beltway will open June 15th at 10:00 a.m., rain or shine. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony on the east side (inner loop of the Beltway). Parking at Sandburg & the W&OD Trail.

Monday, June 6, 2011

no more vending

The vending machines at Smiths Switch have been removed. A combination of low sales volume and vandalism is the cause.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Friends of W&OD Annual Picnic

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Friends of the W&OD Trail Annual Picnic

Please come and join us at our annual Friends of the W&OD Trail picnic on Saturday June 11th from 12 noon until 3 PM. The location of the picnic will be at the W&OD Trail office in Ashburn and the address is 21293 Smith Switch Road Ashburn, VA 20147. Items on the menu will include crab legs, coconut shrimp / shrimp cocktail, pulled pork BBQ, BBQ chicken, coleslaw, potato salad, baked beans, cookies, and assorted drinks including sodas, iced tea, lemonade, and bottled water.

Please RSVP by emailing us at wod@... or contacting us by phone at (703) 729-0596 with the number of people attending in your party. We look forward to seeing you here!

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Friends of the W&OD Trail Annual Picnic

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Trail Patrol Orientation

Orientation for new Trail Patrol members will be held at 8:30 AM on Saturday, June 18th, at the intersection of the W&OD and Sandburg St. in Dunn Loring. Bring a chair or something to sit on. The session should last about an hour.No need to bring anything except pen and paper if you want to take a note or two. Contact: Dirck Harris, Patrol Training Coordinator,

Monday, May 30, 2011

Be Careful...

From: crash on the W&OD

Someone wrote in with this eyewitness account and it is reminder that pedestrians have the right-of-way on the trail and it is critical that we, as cyclists, treat them with great deference.

I witnessed a crash on the W&OD this morning. A cyclist rear-ended a runner. I was riding my bike and was catching the cyclist at the time and saw what happened very clearly. The cyclist was at fault. She just rear-ended the runner, who was in the middle of the trail. I told her it was her fault, to which she replied, "he was in the middle of the trail." I said, "and so were you." Though he was in the middle of the trail, she had plenty of space to pass. In fact, she was right on the orange line in the middle when she hit him. Cyclist and runner fell. Runner had cuts/scrapes on hand and no other injuries. Cyclist was fine so far as I could tell. I stayed around only long enough to make sure there were no injuries and to tell the cyclist (not so nicely I am afraid) that it was definitely her fault and she needs to be more careful. I am afraid I could have been nicer to her and maybe she wouldn't have been so defensive. I told her that as a cyclist I'd like to support her, but I really couldn't because it was clearly her fault. I don't know whether she gave an audible warning that she was going to pass. I didn't hear any and I was close, so if she did it was faint. In any event the runner didn't move right (which he said he always does). She just plowed down the middle of the path anyway. It happened on a long straight part of the W&OD through Falls Church where we could see the runner for a long time. There was no other traffic and the runner did not deviate from running a straight line.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Viva Vienna

Reminder from: WODtrailpatrol Yahoo! Group
Title: Viva Vienna
Date: Monday May 30, 2011
Time: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location: Vienna
Notes: Vienna street festival

Friday, May 20, 2011

Trail Events--Sunday May 22nd

Leesburg 5K
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: Leesburg
Weight Watchers of Leesburg 5k. 65 participants expected.

Great Strides"
Time: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Leesburg & Vienna
Great Strides Leesburg & Great Strides Vienna. 500 people participating in each event (1000 total)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Trail Event--Saturday, May 21th and 22nd

St. Timothy Bike-a-thon
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
About 20 youth and 5 adult cyclists riding from Arlington out to Purcellville on May 21st, riding back to Arlington on May 22nd.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Trail Event--Friday, May 20th

Bike to Work
Time: 6:00 am - 9:00 am
Thousands of area commuters will participate in the annual Bike to Work Day event. Many of those will be on the W&OD Trail. Several of the ride's "pit stops" are located along the W&OD Trail; including Reston, Herndon, Vienna and Merrifield. For more information on pit stop locations, please go to

Thursday, May 12, 2011

May 14 trail event

Got Your Back" 5k run
Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Location: Reston
Notes: Got Your Back" 5k in Reston (using short area of trail around Sunrise Valley Drive). 500 people from 8 AM to 10 AM.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

"Just when you thought the trail was safe"

The electronic sign at the eastern end of the 495 overpass construction was changed to read "CAUTION ZOMBIES AHEAD". While I looked for zombies, I did not see them. Sorry about the quality of the photo. It was the best I could do with my cell phone. However, ABC chanel 7 was there interviewing trail users and looking to film the zombies.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

summer must be coming soon

The fountain at the trail's end in Purcellville has been turned on; a sure sign that warm weather is here to stay. Other items of note: the crossing at Cochran Mill (mile 30.5) has been repaved and the vending machines at the Smiths Switch rest area are out of order.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Trail Events on Saturday, April 30

1) Paul's Ride for Life Time:
Location: Reston Town Center
7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Registration open
7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Ride
12:00 p.m. Closing ceremony at Reston Town Center Pavilion
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Cyclefest open
ROUTE: Start at Reston Town Center Pavilion
The ride includes 10, 20, and 1/2 Century +2 mile options.
About 250 participants expected

2) Cycle Fest
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Reston Town Center
Notes: "Cyclefest" will be occuring at Reston Town Center in conjunction with "Paul's Ride for Life".

3) Walk-Run-Ride for Life
Time: 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: Ashburn at Smith Swtich Station
"Walk / Run / Ride for Life" event from 8 AM to 11 AM.
Approx. 100 participants for this event sponsored by the Assist Pregnancy Center. Participants will enter the trail at Cedar Lane heading west towards Smith Switch rest area, then return to Vienna (Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church).

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Trail Patrol Orientation

Orientation for new Trail Patrol members will be held at 1pm on Sunday May 1st at the intersection of the W&OD and Sandburg St. in Dunn Loring. Bring a chair or something to sit on. The session should last about an hour.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

new asphalt

The paving between mile 13.6 and 11.8 has been completed and gravel shoulders installed. All that remains is for the new striping to be added. There are also new sections at 19.5, the Route 28 bridge (hurray! a few less kerCHUNKs), and over Broad Run at 24.5; the last fixes the slump that filled much of the west bound lane.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Saturday Events--April 23

1--Ride To Provide
Time: 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Reston Town Center
Notes: This features Lorenzo Alexander from the Washington Redskins and will begin at Reston Town Center; riders heading out to Leesburg, then returning to RTC. Approximately 150 people for this event

2--Hunter Mill Walk
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Hunter Mill Rd - Wiehle Ave
Notes: The monthly gathering of the Civil War reenactors will be hiking from Wiehle Avenue to Hunter Mill Road. About 12 hikers maximum for this event.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Trail Patrol Orientation

Orientation for new Trail Patrol members will be held on Sunday March 27, 2011,
from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm. It will be held at the Reston Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Dr, Reston, VA 20190 (703) 698-8808

If interested in joining the Trail Patrol sign up at

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sunday Event--March 27th

Walter L. Mess W&OD 5K

Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: American Legion Lodge Post 130, 400 North Oak Street, Falls Church, VA

A 5k run will be held on the W&OD Trail in Falls Church in honor of Walter L. Mess. The start and finish of the race will be located at the American Legion Post.

Walter Mess, a founding member of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, Falls Church city resident and long-time park supporter, Mess was appointed to the NVRPA Board as an original representative from the City of Falls Church in 1958.The run, sponsored by the Friends of the W&OD Trail will honor Mess and his extensive involvement with the community. Proceeds from the run will benefit FOWOD and local charities.To register or get more run information, visit or call 703-927-4833. Registration forms are also available at the City library, 120 N. Virginia Ave., and Community Center, 223 Little Falls St.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

To 0, but not beyond

After uncounted thousands of miles riding the trail I finally reached mile 0 today. Next, I guess, will be to ride the entire trail at once ...
As Jeff has noted new pavement is being laid between Hunter Mill Road and Vienna. Today they were paving between miles 13 and 12.5 so there's just a little way to go. But then the gravel shoulders have yet to be laid.
The fountain at Sunset Hills Road (near Mile Marker 16) is now operational.

Trail Paving

Parts of the trail are being paved between Vienna and Hunter Mill Road. While this causes a short term inconvenience, long term benefits will be derived from a smother trail. I suspect that mountain bikes must have loved the detour—especially the water portage—but road cyclists would not be thrilled about walking across the rocks with their external cleats. Expect crews to soon be out marking these sections.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

From the W&OD Flyer Spring issue

Monday, March 14, 2011

In this issue
Construction activities along the Trail
Upcoming Events on the W&OD
W&OD Trail Comments/Suggestions
In short
About the Friends of the W&OD
The Friends of the W&OD (aka FOWOD) are a volunteer affiliate of the popular Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park, which is owned and operated by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA). The purpose of FOWOD is to support and enhance the Trail and its multiple uses as a recreational, environmental and historic resource through fund-raising, promotion, research, educational programming and maintenance.

FOWOD meets on the first Tuesday of the month (except on holidays) at the Vienna Community Center; located at 120 Cherry Street SE Vienna, VA 22180. Meetings start at 7:00 PM and conclude no later than 9:00 PM.

For more information or to join FOWOD, please call (703) 729-0596 or go to the FOWOD website at

FOWOD Board Officers
President - Roger Neighborgall
Vice President - Pat Turner
Treasurer - David Jackino
Corresponding Secretary - Peter Straub
Recording Secretary - Jay Wind
Webmaster - Bill McCarthy
FOWOD Board Members
Jennifer Crawford
Steve Lord
Anne Pastorkovich (Trail Patrol Representative)
John Shea
B.J. Silvey (Trail Patrol President & Representative)
George Topic
Sam Wheeler
Gordon Wisotzki

Upcoming Meeting Dates....
March 1st
April 5th
May 3rd
June 7th

Interested in becoming a member of the Trail Patrol?Help promote safety and proper trail etiquette
Provide information and directions to trail users
Assist trail users
Call the park office at (703) 729-0596 or email us at for more information.

Fun Places, Beautiful Spaces
The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority enhances the communities of Northern Virginia and enriches the lives of their citizens through the conservation of regional, natural and cultural resources. It provides diverse regional recreational and educational opportunities, and fosters an understanding of the relationships between people and their environment.

Please visit all your Regional Parks at

W&OD Park Staff
Karl Mohle, Park Manager
Andy Kaganowich, Park Ranger
Roger Bornt, Maintenance Supervisor
Jackie Payne, Maintenance Worker

Feature Story
Warm Weather Returns to the W&ODWith spring beginning on March 20th, warm weather will (hopefully) return to the W&OD Trail. When the temperature goes up, naturally more people want to get out and enjoy the trail. As a gentle reminder, here is some practical information for our patrons to consider as they utilize the trail:

Travel in the right-hand lane, move to the left lane to pass slower traffic.
Give audible warning to trail users ahead.
Move completely off the trail when you come to a stop.
Travel only at speeds safe and appropriate to trail conditions and usage.
Along with these reminders we also have these suggestions for you as you are on the trail:

Let common sense and courtesy be your guides.
If possible, use the buddy system. At a minimum, make sure someone knows that you are going out on the trail and what section you'll be using.
Stop before crossing roads; be alert to obstacles that may be hazards or impede vision.
For a more complete listing of guidelines, please go to our website at or visit our friends group website at

Construction activities along the TrailOver the coming days and weeks, various projects will be conducted along the W&OD. The following is a list of said projects and relevant information:

The new W&OD Trail bridge over the Capital Beltway (I-495) is under construction on the north side of the existing trail bridge. The existing bridge and trail are open during construction. Trail repaving and realignment to the new bridge is scheduled to occur between March 15 - April 15, 2011. Bicyclists are asked to dismount and follow the directions of the flagmen while in these work zones. Please use caution while traveling through this area. Once the new bridge is open to trail users, which is anticipated to be on or around April 15, 2011, the old bridge and trail pavement will be removed. For more information, contact Dan Iglhaut at (703) 359-4628 or via email at

Repaving of various sections of the trail is on-going. Recently, the section of trail from Isaac Newton Square (Reston) down to Hunter Mill Road has been repaved. Other areas will include the east and west side of Route 28 bridge, the short section from Van Buren Street (Herndon) down to mile marker 19, the area around Broad Run Bridge in Ashburn (mile marker 24.5) and, lastly the area from Clark's Crossing Park down to Ayr Hill Road in Vienna. Depending on weather conditions the repaving is expected to take 2-4 weeks. Please be aware of signs/flagmen in the area and use caution while passing through these sections.

Upcoming Events on the W&OD
On Sunday March 27th, 2011, the Walter L. Mess W&OD Trail 5K Run will be held on the trail in Falls Church in honor of Mr. Mess. The start and finish of the race will be located at the American Legion Post Lodge #130, located at 400 North Oak Street in Falls Church.

A founding member of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA), city resident and long-time park supporter, Mr. Mess was appointed to the NVRPA Board as an original representative from the City of Falls Church in 1958. The run, sponsored by the Friends of the W&OD Trail (FOWOD) will honor Mr. Mess and his extensive involvement with the community. Proceeds from the run will benefit FOWOD and local charities. To register or get more information, visit or call (703) 927-4833. Registration forms are also available at the City Library, 120 N. Virginia Avenue, and Community Center, 223 Little Falls Street.

On Saturday April 30th, 2011, Paul's Ride for Life will occur beginning at the Reston Town Center. This event is in conjunction with the CycleFest Expo at Reston Town Center. The bicycle ride is dedicated to Paul Rossmeissl; he passed away at age 54 from injuries sustained in a bicycle accident along the W&OD Trail. He gave the gift of life to three individuals who received his liver and both of his kidneys. This ride will benefit the Washington Regional Transplant Community. For more information or to register visit

Bike to Work Day May 20th

Join thousands of area commuters on Friday May 20, 2011 for the annual Bike to Work Day. Learn how cycling can be a fun and healthy way to commute to work. There will be 50 regional pit stops throughout the Washington, D.C. area. Several of these pit stops are located along the W&OD Trail; including Reston, Herndon, Vienna and Merrifield. For more information on pit stop locations, please go to

W&OD Trail Comments/SuggestionsPlease contact the trail office at (703) 729-0596 or via email at if you have questions or comments about the trail. If you have suggestions for our quarterly newsletter we welcome your thoughts as well.

Washington & Old Dominion Trail
21293 Smiths Switch Road, Ashburn, VA 20147 | T: 703-729-0596

Trail event today

Civil War re-enactors will hike from Wiehle Avenue to Hunter Mill between 9am and 5pm today.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

gravel shoulders

Gravel shoulders are being laid along the newly paved section from MM 15 (Hunter Mill) to MM 17 (Isaac Newton). They're complete from just west of Isaac Newton to Sunrise Valley. Used the marked detour of the bridle trail for the section between Sunrise Valley and Buckthorn.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Great day for a ride

Except for some water puddles, the trail was clear from mile marker 7 (Falls Church) to mile marker 24 (route 28). Heading west into the wind was slow but the return trip was great. Near the Dulles overpass I saw 2 female cyclists riding double using both lanes. The one in the left lane refused to yield to oncoming traffic and forced another cyclist to the edge and 2 pedestrians off the trail. While it is ok to ride double, please yield to oncoming traffic.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

a quiet ride

Took my Glider for a spin out to Purcellville today. The debris from the high winds is mostly gone. They've been clearing dead trees, vines, and such from about Cochran Mill Road. Saw the truck at work near Mile Marker 35. The picture is near Mile Marker 36.5 looking eastbound. Dominion has done a nice job.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

signs of spring

Rode from Vienna to Purcellville. The cheeping at Difficult Run was deafening. Most of the brush and debris from the recent high winds has been removed. Fountains at Sunset Hills and Purcellville remain off but the others function.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Ding Dong, the ice is gone -- not

The trail west of Leesburg is clear except for two locations: the S curve at Clarks Gap (MM 38+) and underneath 7 along 287 at MM 43+. In those two locations one needed to dismount as snow/ice covered all of the trail. Both sections were short though, under 10 yards. Other than that, lay down on your aero bars and GO!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tried out the trail today and found it rideable east of Leesburg all the way to Herndon. Some icy patches, with wide tracks through them, in the shady spots, especially from Rt. 659 west. Will be trying out west of Leesburg in the next few days; a couple of days ago there were still extensive snow/ice patches in the shady spots -- some with tracks through them and most without.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Two wheels good, three not so much fun

First ride of the year on the trail, from Sandburg out to Cedar and then to Lee Hwy and back. OK for those on two wheels, but for those of use who have a bit wider track due to having two wheels in front like I do on the trike, there were a few spots where one of my front wheels was riding on the packed down ice & snow- a tad bumpy. Tracks are more than wide enough in all the places I rode for two wheelers. If the weather forecast holds for this week, it should all be gone by the end of the week. Saw a big Red-tailed Hawk swoop in to a tree in the middle of Falls Church right over a walkers head. Lots of people out on the trail.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Ice is melting but continued caution is appropriate

Today I cycled from Falls Church to the west of Herndon. Ice remains on the trail but only 2 sections have place where extra caution is required--just west of Gallows Road and west of Cedar Lane. Otherwise the trail is either clear or cleared tracks are wide enough to use with relative safety. With warming temperatures these areas should soon melt.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Trail Conditions

I cycled from Falls Church to Herndon. The trail was relatively free of ice except for sections between Gallows Road and Route 123 in Vienna, west of Hunter Mill, and east of Old Reston Ave where the trail passes the power substation and golf course. While much of these areas had a small clear path, a section west of Cedar Lane and the section at the power substation had places where a short walk was appropriate. Several places have overhanging branches and brush on the trail.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Conditions in Reston Area

Yesterday I tried riding on the Trail from Wiehle Ave west. There are two narrow tire tracks left by the NVRPA vehicle that are mostly melted. It's a good test of bike handling skills to ride in the 8" or so track. However, there's still lots of ice in several sections even in the tire tracks, especially near the power lines near the old Sallie Mae building. At Old Reston Ave I gave up and rode along Sunset Hills Rd instead. On the return trip I started at the YMCA and headed east and was able to ride OK to Old Reston Ave. Knowing about the ice to the east of there I detoured along North Shore Dr back to Wiehle.

Today I drove along Hunter Mill Rd and where it crosses the trail it appears that there's a lot of clear trail to the east toward Vienna. The section to the west where it's shady is still ice-covered with some melting in the tire tracks. I'll be glad when NVRPA gets their new snow plow later this month.


Anyone out there care to give a report of trail conditions as of February 4th?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Temporary closure west of Vienna

Signs on the trail between Vienna and Hunter Mill Road indicate that the trail will be closed on Thursday, January 27, 2011 from 5:30 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. the next morning.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Trail Conditions

Today, I cycled from Falls Church (mm7)to Trailside Park in Herndon (mm21). The trail was relatively free from ice. Some slush on trail just west of Gallows Rd and just west of Cedar Lane. The only serious ice issue was east of Old Reston Ave where the cedar tress screen Dominion Power's substation and shade the trail. There the ice was still solid and required cycling on the gravel portion of the trail.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Potomac River Run - 5K

Date: Saturday January 1, 2011
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: Reston Town Center
Notes: January 1st Potomac River Running conducting a 5k on the trail from Reston Town Center down to Sallie Mae / American Dream Way bridge and returning to the Town Center. About 300 participants (maximum)