W&OD Trail

W&OD Trail

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I just wanted to brag that the Trottin' Oxen Run Club, who start all our runs from the Old Ox Brewery, (between mile marker 25 and 25.5) did our part to clean up our section of the trail for a couple miles in each direction.
We run, and sometimes we plog to make the trail a cleaner place!
LoCo Ruckers W&OD Trail Clean Up Success!

We had 8 awesome locals show for today's litter pickup! Plus a 9th guy who saw what we were doing from his porch and joined in! We counted 22 bags filled with litter (counting a few smaller bags as half of contractor bags) covering the area of the W&OD Trail from Rt 28 to a little passed the Sterling Blvd Crossing.
After riding the Mt Vernon trail yesterday and Custis today, my appreciation for how well-maintained and smooth the W&OD is kept has been renewed. Thank you Karl & your crew for taking care of this jewel!
Today on the W&OD Trail cycling from Vienna to the west end of Herndon...the "peepers" are out along Difficult Run!
This Saturday in Sterling:
W&OD Rail Trail Litter Cleanup!
Hosted by LoCo Ruckers
-When/where to start:
Outside Rocket Frog Brewery at 9am
-Gear:
Gloves, seasonal attire, water, cell phone.
-What:
We'll be breaking off into groups to cleanup litter along designated portions of the rail trail during the morning. Contractor bags will be supplied, though if you have any their contribution would be great.

https://www.facebook.com/events/711275356418986
Anyone know if the trail in the Vienna area is cleared of snow and ice now for biking? Thanks!
Bikers PLEASE wear light colored and/or reflective clothing when you are on trail. I was traveling to Reston around 715 am today and a biker in black helmet, black clothing, black shoes, black bike crossed Flint Hill Rd. He never stopped to look for cars. Please be careful!!
I'm planning a club cleanup for a portion of the trail while it's still winter and the brush is down. Still early stages of planning, but likely to roll on this soon. Seen a lot of litter recently in the Sterling-Herndon area.

Question:
Is there any way this can be coordinated with NOVA Parks or a similar authority for litter bag pickups?
We take part in similar cleanups of Sterling Blvd, and a big boost is being able to leave trash bags for trucks to pickup later. If it were possible to place bags of litter along the trail for pickup, that would greatly increase the effectiveness of our cleaning efforts. We're capable of lugging out the trash we find, I'm just curious if we can increase efficiency in this way. More efficient = more litter picked up.
I lost my Mazda car key on W&OD trail today, if anyone finds please msg me.
Beautiful photos from the other day.
Great news! I am reliably informed that the parking lot at Benjamin Banneker Park in Arlington (Near the East Falls Church Metro) is going to reopen tomorrow, December 12, 2020. This has been closed for over a year while trail and park improvements were made. The dog park will also open and there is a new playground, too.
More patience will be required for trail users in the Falls Church area, however, as the trail is being widened to create seperate bicycle/pedestrian lanes through FC. This is a great safety improvement! The work, however, will last through at least June, and detours will be required of trail users. The bridge over Route 29 should open in February, but trail users can now cross Rt. 29 at grade level, as they used to, until it opens.

45 miles of paved trail, in Northern Virginia, for walking,running, bicycling and skating and 32 miles of adjacent gravel trail for horseback riding.

Operating as usual

06/03/2021

The newly-repaved and marked trail intersection at Smith Switch Rd...

The newly-repaved and marked trail intersection at Smith Switch Rd...

05/28/2021

Here comes summer!

Here comes summer!

05/27/2021

Just a quick note that a VDOT contractor will be repaving a small section of Smith Switch Road at the W&OD Trail intersection tomorrow (Friday May 28th). Work will begin around 6 am to avoid impact on trail traffic and should be finished by 11 am. The contractor will also make accommodations for safe crossing when needed.

Just a quick note that a VDOT contractor will be repaving a small section of Smith Switch Road at the W&OD Trail intersection tomorrow (Friday May 28th). Work will begin around 6 am to avoid impact on trail traffic and should be finished by 11 am. The contractor will also make accommodations for safe crossing when needed.

Photos from W&OD Trail's post 05/26/2021

And to finish spring off, some photos sent to us from a trail user with a good eye...

05/25/2021

Preliminary work is being performed at the Wiehle Ave intersection in Reston in preparation for the eventual bridge there. Over the next couple of weeks, Dominion Energy will be making improvements to the gravel trail so that it may be used as a detour as they relocate facilities.

Preliminary work is being performed at the Wiehle Ave intersection in Reston in preparation for the eventual bridge there. Over the next couple of weeks, Dominion Energy will be making improvements to the gravel trail so that it may be used as a detour as they relocate facilities.

Photos from W&OD Trail's post 05/24/2021

Some sunny pics for a rainy day...

05/24/2021

Please note that this Memorial Day weekend, Saturday the 29th through Monday the 31st, there will be a detour on the trail in Vienna from Ayr Hill Rd to Maple Ave to accommodate the ViVa! Vienna! celebration.

Please note that this Memorial Day weekend, Saturday the 29th through Monday the 31st, there will be a detour on the trail in Vienna from Ayr Hill Rd to Maple Ave to accommodate the ViVa! Vienna! celebration.

Photos from W&OD Trail's post 05/21/2021

Photos from W&OD Trail's post

Photos from W&OD Trail's post 05/19/2021

The next week won't feel much like spring, but we can remember a few weeks ago...

Photos from W&OD Trail's post 05/17/2021

As we approach Memorial Day, week two of trail spring pics!

Photos from W&OD Trail's post 05/14/2021

Some more spring photos...

Photos from W&OD Trail's post 05/12/2021

As we approach the unofficial start of summer, we'll be regularly posting photos of the trail in springtime. And to start:

Photos from W&OD Trail's post 05/10/2021

Spring on the Trail: Brilliant greens from mid-April...

05/07/2021

Work continues on the trail reroute in Idylwood...

Work continues on the trail reroute in Idylwood...

05/01/2021

A busy afternoon clearing downed trees west of Leesburg. We'll continue cleaning up after yesterday's windstorm over the next several days...

A busy afternoon clearing downed trees west of Leesburg. We'll continue cleaning up after yesterday's windstorm over the next several days...

Photos from W&OD Trail's post 04/30/2021

The completed work at Columbia Pike...

04/29/2021

Over the next few days, VDOT will be operating twelve trail counters on the W&OD from Cedar Lane in Fairfax County to Purcellville in Loudoun County...

Over the next few days, VDOT will be operating twelve trail counters on the W&OD from Cedar Lane in Fairfax County to Purcellville in Loudoun County...

Line 227 | Dominion Energy 04/27/2021

Line 227 | Dominion Energy

Some planned line work along the trail in Loudoun County. There will be a virtual community meeting on May 6th to discuss the project.
https://www.dominionenergy.com/belmont

Line 227 | Dominion Energy For about five miles along the W and OD Trail Dominion Energy will replace the overhead wires between the transmission structures.

04/20/2021

Work is proceeding on the Columbia Pike repaving operations, and the detour is in place. The plan is to widen 150 ft of trail on the east side of the intersection from 10 ft to 12 ft and to install a bike rack in that area...

Work is proceeding on the Columbia Pike repaving operations, and the detour is in place. The plan is to widen 150 ft of trail on the east side of the intersection from 10 ft to 12 ft and to install a bike rack in that area...

Photos from W&OD Trail's post 04/15/2021

Delayed from last fall, paving operations east of Columbia Pike will begin early next week. Please note the temporary detour into the parking lot on the northeast side of the intersection.

Photos from W&OD Trail's post 04/08/2021

After a delay, the girders are being laid for the Crosstrail Blvd overpass west of Cochran Mill Rd. This may necessitate short, 10-minute trail closures as work finishes up.

03/31/2021

Do you know someone who would like to work on the W&OD Trail? We're NOW HIRING for our Maintenance 4 position. Must be 18 years or older and have a clean driving record.

For more information please visit: https://www.novaparks.com/about/employment?p=job%2FoWYXefwP

#nowhiring #wodtrail #workoutside #NOVAParks

Do you know someone who would like to work on the W&OD Trail? We're NOW HIRING for our Maintenance 4 position. Must be 18 years or older and have a clean driving record.

For more information please visit: https://www.novaparks.com/about/employment?p=job%2FoWYXefwP

#nowhiring #wodtrail #workoutside #NOVAParks

Photos from W&OD Trail's post 03/30/2021

Then and Now west of Cochran Mill Rd: A family farm that existed before the railroad was built maintains a connection between the fields the tracks bisected...

Photos from W&OD Trail's post 03/25/2021

Since our previous post, we've received a photo taken by Paul Dolkos in the early 1960s showing the same view of the coal trestle; a neat glance back in time!

Photos from W&OD Trail's post 03/25/2021

A new view of the 1926 W&OD Railroad coal trestle remnants next to the new Lee Hwy bridge...

Photos from W&OD Trail's post 03/20/2021

The ribbon-cutting and some night photos of the new Lee Hwy bridge...

Photos from BikeArlington's post 03/16/2021

Photos from BikeArlington's post

03/12/2021

Today we celebrate the grand opening of the W&OD Trail bridge over Rt 29 in Arlington, VA

03/11/2021

Watch this space for imminent news...

Watch this space for imminent news...

The End of the W&OD Railroad 03/07/2021

The End of the W&OD Railroad

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUnNyCJx_c4&list=PLeKqE7ulBTRlT-eIkOpM2g18qyZwoDbFX&index=5

The End of the W&OD Railroad The early 1950’s saw a decline in business for Northern Virginia’s Washington & Old Dominion Railroad but in a few years, a new opportunity arose which might...

01/25/2021

Work on diverting the trail closer to Idylwood Park continues...

01/21/2021

Melvin Partlow Talks About Riding the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Cars in Ashburn

https://www.facebook.com/109007997609931/posts/180623473781716/

Lifelong Ashburn resident Melvin Partlow talks about riding the W&OD Railroad train to Leesburg in this short clip taken from the documentary From Alexandria...

01/14/2021

The detour at Idylwood park is now open...

01/12/2021

W&OD Railroad Film 1939

https://www.youtube.com/watch?fbclid=IwAR2Weh4YVtprwY6KcMcHmWnoXlZAhANNRQvgQ7IaBRYgpRXlYkyAtjZREyQ&v=MMCqi_CGMGA&feature=youtu.be

In 1939, a young railroad fan and photographer named Robert S. Crockett used his Super 8 camera to film the Rosslyn train yard of the Washington & Old Domini...

01/11/2021

W&OD Trail's cover photo

Videos (show all)

We are pleased to be working with our amazing partners, The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority and City of Falls...
Storm damage update: trail is open, downed trees removed, downed power lines repaired.  Dominion Energy crews still on t...
Our thanks to the many volunteers who helped make the trail beautiful on Opening Day for Trails!
Snowblower
As everyone knows snow is forecast for this weekend.  Our park maintenance staff is out pretreating the trail. As of 10:...
Nothing like the soothing sound of running water out in nature. This particular scene can be found on the Meadowlark Con...
Now that school is in session it's time for a pop quiz! The video was shot along the trail in what location? Hint: the l...
Why did the snake cross the trail?

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