Sunday, December 28, 2014

Trail to be cleared of Snow this winter

According to the FALLS CHURCH NEWS PRESS "The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority will clear the Washington & Old Dominion Trail of snow this winter, says Chris Pauley, the director of park operations. The trail, owned and operated by the park authority, runs through Falls Church and is widely used by bikers, runners, walkers, skaters, and dog walkers."  See complete story at

Monday, November 24, 2014

Trail Event November 27

The Giving Thanks 5K is on Thanksgiving morning. Expect more trail traffic in Vienna trail area (west of Ayr Hill) between about 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Most of the course is on the trail, although it starts on hilly neighborhood streets.  Race supports wounded warriors. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Trail improvements at Vienna Community Center

As reported in the November 20, 2014 Sun Gazette, ...
"Trail Upgrades:  Salgado [Vienna Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Salgado] also updated the Council regarding plans to shift the location of the Washington & Old Dominion Regional Trail near the community center.  The  trail will be widened to 18 feet near the center and will have a 1.5-foot-wide gravel shoulder in some areas.  Officials hope to add an S-curve to the trail shortly before it intersects with busy Park Street an add 6-inch-tall 'teardrop' islands in the middle of the trail on either side of the street."

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Connector Trail to open Oct 25

The Meadow Lark Garden Connector Trail is scheduled to open the weekend of October 25. This connector trail is near mile marker 14.5; between Vienna and Hunter Mill Road. 1.5 miles long, the Meadowlark Connector Trail provides a link to the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. This trail section is paved. Getting to the Gardens from the connector requires using a short road ssection. The 95-acre Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, open daily year-round. Walking paths wind around ponds, native trees, wildflowers, a butterfly garden, a Korean cultural garden, and many other visual sites.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Trail Paving results in gravel detour

Paving has begun from Crestview west and trail users from west being detoured to gravel at Sterling Road. Skinny tire bikes can't negotiate there well.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Evening Trail Event--Tuesday, Sept 9th

The Mayor and Town Council of the Town of Herndon cordially invite you to attend a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the Washington and Old Dominion Trail lighting project Tuesday, September 9, 2014 8 o’clock in the evening W&OD trail at the Herndon Caboose (near 765 Lynn Street, Herndon)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Trail Event--Sunday, August 17

Just a heads up on the Leesburg 5k/20k being held this coming Sunday 8/17 starting at 7:30AM. Runners will be using the W&OD trail between mm 34 in Leesburg and 39.5 at Paeonian Springs so the area will be extremely congested.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Trail Event--Sunday, August 24

RBC Century Date: Sunday August 24, 2014 Time: 6:30 am - 5:00 pm Location: eastbound W&OD Leesburg-Reston Notes: Sunday August 24nd Reston Century Event from 6:30 AM to 5 PM. 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).

Monday, May 5, 2014

Trail Event for May 24

Civil War hike in Reston from Wiehle Avenue to Hunter Mill Road. This is the monthly hike conducted by 12 Civil War enthusiasts from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Another Trail Event for May 17

Turtle Trot 5k in Arlington from 8 AM to 1 PM. 250 runners expected for this event and the route will be from Bluemont Park out west to area of Madison Manor Park (near pedestrian bridge over I-66) and returning to Bluemont Park.

Trail Event for May 17

Spinal Research Foundation "We've Got Your Back Run" from 8 AM to 11 AM. 800 participants expected and the route will be from NVCC in Reston (off the trail) down to Sunrise Valley Drive (off the trail) and returning to NVCC. Not all the trail will be used for the event.

Trail Event for May 10

Green Lizard Bike-a-thon from 9 AM to 6 PM. 250 participants expected and the route will be from Herndon to Purcellville and back.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Trail Event May 16th

Expect heavy trail usage for Bike-to-Work day on Friday, May 16th.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April Trail Events

* St. John's Millenium Bike Ride on April 5th (Saturday). 30 riders cycling from Vienna to Reston and returning to Vienna. Event from 9 AM to 12 noon. * Family 5k and Fun Run on April 6th (Sunday). 325 runners starting in area of Ayr Hill Road (off of the trail), entering trail at Mill Street (near the western entering/leaving Vienna sign). They will go about 1/2 mile east then turn around. Event from 8 AM to 10 AM. * Loudoun Half and 8k on April 13th (Sunday). 500-600 participants. Runners will use the Smith Switch to Claiborne Parkway section of trail. Event from 7 AM to 12 noon (most of the event is off trail). * Wounded Warrior/Soldier Ride on April 19th (Saturday). Approximately 50 riders will ride the trail from Herndon Community Center to Douglass Community Center in Leesburg and return to Herndon. Event from 8 AM to 3 PM. * Civil War Hike on April 19th (Saturday). One dozen (12) hikers in Civil War attire marching from Wiehle Avenue in Reston to Hunter Mill Road and back (and forth). Event from 9 AM to 5 PM. * Ride to Provide on April 19th (Saturday). 600 riders cycling from Reston Town Center out to Purcellville and back. Event from 8 AM to 3 PM. * Vale Walk-a-thon on April 26th (Saturday). 100 walkers will walk starting in Vienna, turnaround at mile marker 21 1/2 in Herndon and returing to Vienna (marker 10). Event from 8 AM to 12 noon. * Walk/Run/Ride for LIFE on April 26th (Saturday). 250 participants will begin at Grace Presbyterian Church at Cedar Lane and turn around at Maple Ave (Rt. 123). Event from 8 AM to 12 noon; also group is aware of Vale event. * Run Me Home 5k run on April 26th (Saturday). 350 participants will run from Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg (near King Street) and will enter trail here. Turnaround point is at marker 36 1/2 and will exit trail at Catoctin Circle. Event from 7:30 AM to 9 AM. * Paul's Ride for Life event on April 26th (Saturday). About 350 participants from Reston Town Center out to Purcellville and back (depending on distance). Trail portion starts around 8 AM ends by noon or so with after-party of sorts at Reston Town Center.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Trail Event--March 30

W&OD Trail 5K in memory of Walter L. Mess Sunday, March 30, 2014 4:00 PM W&OD Trail - at Oak Street 400 North Oak Street Falls Church , VA

Monday, March 3, 2014

Trail Event for May 3--Falls Church Family Bike Day

Announcing the 1st Falls Church Family Bike Day – May 3, 2014! At just 2.2 square miles, our Little City is easily navigated by bicycle. Our community has a tremendous asset running right through it in the W&OD trail. Increased bike use by our children has many benefits - more local shopping, less pressure on crowded school busses, a greater sense of community, reduced demand for parking spaces, and of course more exercise. With information booths followed by a family bicycle ride on the W&OD trail and through the city, Falls Church Family Bike Day on Saturday May 3rd will show off these benefits and feature important bike safety and tips (such as trail usage, street crossing, and group riding) aimed at elementary school aged children and their families. How can you help? We would love your support to participate in and publicize the event. The start and end point will feature music, activities, and booths from our sponsors and relevant groups. We are not seeking financial contributions, but we are seeking participation (activities and booths) and donations for raffle prizes. Booths can be used to promote local businesses or community organizations that have an interest in bike safety, education, fitness, or shopping local. Please “like” and share our Facebook page: If you would like to participate, please email me back and let me know how: ___ Help promote the event (post flyers, share in your newsletter and social media) ___ Have a booth ___ Donate raffle items ___ Volunteer ___ Other??? Thanks, Erik Pelton (]