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Is parking in Sherlington risky for the vehicle while riding the trail all day?
New traffic pattern at Park/West/Founders Ave intersection!

When the new traffic signals were installed at Park/West a few weeks ago, they were set to be a blinking red (to be treated as a 4 way stop) so we could get to used to the new traffic pattern. I've fielded a lot of questions about how this is supposed to work in the long run, especially with the W&OD crossing just north of this intersection.

This week, ped crosswalk buttons and lights were installed at the W&OD crossing so a runner/walker/cyclist on the W&OD should treat the crossing on West St as a crosswalk: stop, push the button, and wait for the walk signal before crossing. The button will also trip the Park/West intersection so car traffic will be at a red to allow for safe crossing.

As a runner, this will be something to adapt to as most on the W&OD assume they have the right of way. (Although further west on W&OD, crossings like this aren't unusual.) So far, the two times I've been on the trail this week - cars have been approaching the new intersection carefully, but W&OD users have been speeding through. Please pass on the word!

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#RunningShorts: Richmond Marathon sells out, Ashburn closures loom for W&OD Trail, Taylor Knibb joins DC Triathlon Club discussion tonight, Montgomery County Planning Board looks at Bethesda CCT tunnel, podcasts with Knibb, Julie Culley and Hiruni Wijayaratne #rundc
This on the W&OD in Herndon, just east of the bridge over Center St. It is a CONCRETE jersey wall. Yes, there are traffic cones at each end and it does slow traffic down, but it seems to be an extremely dangerous way to do it!
On the way to Merrifield from Vienna.
BIG THANK YOU to the man in the New York T-shirt who was cutting the overgrowth headed west after the bridge at Route 28! You clearly went home, got your stuff, and was just taking care of business! Truly appreciate you helping and staying safe in the process as the trail was busy today! Your actions made a difference today!!!
Greetings. Does anyone have info on the status of Dominion Energy construction between Ashburn and Leesburg? The company's website doesn't have the details.
Hi Trail Administors!
Is there any way to crowd source funding or something to repair this broken drinking fountain at intersection of the trail and Lawson Road SE in Leesburg?
It’s been turned off for about two years now IIRC, and it’s really the only on-trail fountain between Leesburg and Trailside.
Some of us runners REALLY miss this stop!
Thanks!
Dear W&OD Trail Community, please advise if anyone you know have found a lost Volvo Key Fob along the trail near the Town of Purcellvile, VA.

Many thanks in advance for your help.
What better way to enjoy the great outdoors than on the W&OD Trail (Washington & Old Dominion) Railroad Regional Park Trail — and eat, drink and support local businesses in Northern Virginia at the same time.

The paved trail follows the path of the old W&OD Railroad, which ran 45 miles through Northern Virginia from Shirlington in Arlington County to Purcellville in Loudoun County, with the City of Falls Church, Fairfax County, and the towns of Vienna, Herndon and Leesburg along the way.

The railroad shut down in 1968, and the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (now NOVA Parks) eventually bought the right-of-way to create what is one of the region’s most popular biking and walking trails. 🚴‍♀️🚶
Hi folks, are others also finding lots of overhanging branches and vegetation on the trail in the Ashburn/Leesburg area while doing bicycle rides? How do we go about requesting some maintenance? Right now they are a hazard either way, you either duck down constantly or just ride through, or move over to the other side but then have to keep an extra vigilant eye out for oncoming traffic going the other way. Thanks.

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

12/23/2021

Warmest Thoughts and Best Wishes for a Wonderful Holiday and a very Happy New Year.

Timeline Photos 12/20/2021

NOVA Parks Job Fair
Monday, December 20th, 3 PM-6 PM
The River View, 9751 Ox Road Lorton VA 22079

NOVA Parks has immediate openings for full-time, part-time, and seasonal job opportunities.
Site Supervisors | Light Show Staff | Park Maintenance | Rangers | Catering | Full Time Custodian

Please bring a photo ID and your social security card for on-the-spot interviews. Hiring Parks include (but not limited to): Algonkian, Bull Run, Cameron Run, Brambleton, Shooting Center, Fountainhead, Upton Hill, Potomac Overlook, Occoquan, Meadowlark, W&OD Trail, and others!

Enter to win a $100 gift card. Visit our booth.

#nowhiring #novaparks

NOVA Parks Job Fair
Monday, December 20th, 3 PM-6 PM
The River View, 9751 Ox Road Lorton VA 22079

NOVA Parks has immediate openings for full-time, part-time, and seasonal job opportunities.
Site Supervisors | Light Show Staff | Park Maintenance | Rangers | Catering | Full Time Custodian

Please bring a photo ID and your social security card for on-the-spot interviews. Hiring Parks include (but not limited to): Algonkian, Bull Run, Cameron Run, Brambleton, Shooting Center, Fountainhead, Upton Hill, Potomac Overlook, Occoquan, Meadowlark, W&OD Trail, and others!

Enter to win a $100 gift card. Visit our booth.

#nowhiring #novaparks

Timeline Photos 12/17/2021

NOVA Parks Job Fair
Monday, December 20th, 3 PM-6 PM
The River View, 9751 Ox Road Lorton VA 22079

NOVA Parks has immediate openings for full-time, part-time, and seasonal job opportunities.
Site Supervisors | Light Show Staff | Park Maintenance | Rangers | Catering | Full Time Custodian

Please bring a photo ID and your social security card for on-the-spot interviews. Hiring Parks include (but not limited to): Algonkian, Bull Run, Cameron Run, Brambleton, Shooting Center, Fountainhead, Upton Hill, Potomac Overlook, Occoquan, Meadowlark, W&OD Trail, and others!

Enter to win a $100 gift card. Visit our booth.

#nowhiring #novaparks

NOVA Parks Job Fair
Monday, December 20th, 3 PM-6 PM
The River View, 9751 Ox Road Lorton VA 22079

NOVA Parks has immediate openings for full-time, part-time, and seasonal job opportunities.
Site Supervisors | Light Show Staff | Park Maintenance | Rangers | Catering | Full Time Custodian

Please bring a photo ID and your social security card for on-the-spot interviews. Hiring Parks include (but not limited to): Algonkian, Bull Run, Cameron Run, Brambleton, Shooting Center, Fountainhead, Upton Hill, Potomac Overlook, Occoquan, Meadowlark, W&OD Trail, and others!

Enter to win a $100 gift card. Visit our booth.

#nowhiring #novaparks

Timeline Photos 12/16/2021

NOVA Parks Job Fair
Monday, December 20th, 3 PM-6 PM
The River View, 9751 Ox Road Lorton VA 22079

NOVA Parks has immediate openings for full-time, part-time, and seasonal job opportunities.
Site Supervisors | Light Show Staff | Park Maintenance | Rangers | Catering | Full Time Custodian

Please bring a photo ID and your social security card for on-the-spot interviews. Hiring Parks include (but not limited to): Algonkian, Bull Run, Cameron Run, Brambleton, Shooting Center, Fountainhead, Upton Hill, Potomac Overlook, Occoquan, Meadowlark, W&OD Trail, and others!

Enter to win a $100 gift card. Visit our booth.

#nowhiring #novaparks

NOVA Parks Job Fair
Monday, December 20th, 3 PM-6 PM
The River View, 9751 Ox Road Lorton VA 22079

NOVA Parks has immediate openings for full-time, part-time, and seasonal job opportunities.
Site Supervisors | Light Show Staff | Park Maintenance | Rangers | Catering | Full Time Custodian

Please bring a photo ID and your social security card for on-the-spot interviews. Hiring Parks include (but not limited to): Algonkian, Bull Run, Cameron Run, Brambleton, Shooting Center, Fountainhead, Upton Hill, Potomac Overlook, Occoquan, Meadowlark, W&OD Trail, and others!

Enter to win a $100 gift card. Visit our booth.

#nowhiring #novaparks

12/13/2021

Enjoy a smooth ride on the newly-redecked bridge east of Little Falls St in Arlington...

Enjoy a smooth ride on the newly-redecked bridge east of Little Falls St in Arlington...

12/13/2021

NOVA Parks Job Fair
Monday, December 20th, 3 PM-6 PM
The River View, 9751 Ox Road Lorton VA 22079

NOVA Parks has immediate openings for full-time, part-time, and seasonal job opportunities.
Site Supervisors | Light Show Staff | Park Maintenance | Rangers | Catering | Full Time Custodian

Please bring a photo ID and your social security card for on-the-spot interviews. Hiring Parks include (but not limited to): Algonkian, Bull Run, Cameron Run, Brambleton, Shooting Center, Fountainhead, Upton Hill, Potomac Overlook, Occoquan, Meadowlark, W&OD Trail, and others!

Enter to win a $100 gift card. Visit our booth.

#nowhiring #novaparks

12/09/2021

Repair work has started on the Clarkes Gap archway east of Paeonian Springs...

Repair work has started on the Clarkes Gap archway east of Paeonian Springs...

Timeline Photos 12/09/2021

NOVA Parks Job Fair
Monday, December 20th, 3 PM-6 PM
The River View, 9751 Ox Road Lorton VA 22079

NOVA Parks has immediate openings for full-time, part-time, and seasonal job opportunities.

Site Supervisors | Light Show Staff | Park Maintenance | Rangers | Catering | Full Time Custodian

Please bring a photo ID and your social security card for on-the-spot interviews. Hiring Parks include (but not limited to): Algonkian, Bull Run, Cameron Run, Brambleton, Shooting Center, Fountainhead, Upton Hill, Potomac Overlook, Occoquan, Meadowlark, W&OD Trail, and others!

Enter to win a $100 gift card. Visit our booth.

NOVA Parks Job Fair
Monday, December 20th, 3 PM-6 PM
The River View, 9751 Ox Road Lorton VA 22079

NOVA Parks has immediate openings for full-time, part-time, and seasonal job opportunities.

Site Supervisors | Light Show Staff | Park Maintenance | Rangers | Catering | Full Time Custodian

Please bring a photo ID and your social security card for on-the-spot interviews. Hiring Parks include (but not limited to): Algonkian, Bull Run, Cameron Run, Brambleton, Shooting Center, Fountainhead, Upton Hill, Potomac Overlook, Occoquan, Meadowlark, W&OD Trail, and others!

Enter to win a $100 gift card. Visit our booth.

Photos from W&OD Trail's post 12/02/2021

Dominion Energy continues to prepare for further line re-stringing operations next year. Here they reinforce a transmission tower near the Belmont Ridge Rd parking lot with a shiny new exoskeleton...

Photos from W&OD Trail's post 12/01/2021

The Northern Virginia Model Railroaders (http://www.nvmr.org) will be hosting their traditional Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 18th, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the station along the trail at 231 Dominion Road NE, Vienna, VA.

The Open House is for people of all ages who enjoy watching realistically-depicted railroad activities, specifically those of the Western North Carolina, an actual railroad that existed in the 1950's. Every hill, town, building, locomotive, rail car, and industry in the layout is modeled after places and things as they looked in that era. Well, almost everything; to satisfy popular demand, an occasional sighting can be made of Thomas the Tank Engine and a few of his friends chugging around among the bigger steam and diesel locomotives.

11/30/2021

The Herndon Historical Society will be having its annual Model Train Show on Saturday, December 18th, in ArtSpace Herndon, at 750 Center Street, Herndon, VA, 20170, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Admission is free, and they will also be opening the historic 1949 caboose on Lynn Street in downtown Herndon for limited hours that same day, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

The Model Train Show is great for children and train enthusiasts alike, and is also a very nice winter/holiday event!

The Herndon Historical Society will be having its annual Model Train Show on Saturday, December 18th, in ArtSpace Herndon, at 750 Center Street, Herndon, VA, 20170, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Admission is free, and they will also be opening the historic 1949 caboose on Lynn Street in downtown Herndon for limited hours that same day, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

The Model Train Show is great for children and train enthusiasts alike, and is also a very nice winter/holiday event!

Timeline Photos 11/25/2021

Happy Thanksgiving from NOVA Parks.

We are thankful to YOU for your support of NOVA Parks. We look forward to bringing you many more great experiences in 2022!

#thankful #novaparks

Happy Thanksgiving from NOVA Parks.

We are thankful to YOU for your support of NOVA Parks. We look forward to bringing you many more great experiences in 2022!

#thankful #novaparks

Photos from W&OD Trail's post 11/23/2021

For those of you who thought the "now" location in our previous post wasn't quite right: Congratulations! You...um...passed our test! (either that, or we should've gone just a little farther upstream...)

Photos from W&OD Trail's post 11/22/2021

Then and Now in Arlington. A view of the trail just west of Columbia Pike during the Civil War, in 1960, and today.

Originally reinforced with a stone wall, in the 1960's in some of the spots where the railbed was close to the creek, the W&OD stacked flattened cars against the edge of the stream and secured them in place with old railroad rails driven down through them.

These historic photos were sent to us by Paul McCray, historian and former W&OD Trail Manager. More of his posts can be seen on Facebook at NOVA History Remembered.
https://www.facebook.com/novahistoryremembered/

Photos from W&OD Trail's post 11/19/2021

Some brilliant color around our Ashburn shop...

Photos from W&OD Trail's post 11/18/2021

Our final photos of fall on the eastern side of the trail...

Photos from W&OD Trail's post 11/17/2021

The penultimate day of fall photos on the eastern side of the trail...

Photos from W&OD Trail's post 11/16/2021

Day 2 of fall on the trail's eastside...

Photos from W&OD Trail's post 11/15/2021

We'll be focusing on fall on the east side of the trail this week, so without further ado:

Timeline Photos 11/11/2021

To all those who have served and are still serving, we thank you! #VeteransDay #NOVAParks

To all those who have served and are still serving, we thank you! #VeteransDay #NOVAParks

Sharing the W&OD Railroad Trail 11/02/2021

Sharing the W&OD Railroad Trail

Sharing the W&OD Railroad Trail
NOVA Parks Expands Regional Park With Dual Lanes in Falls Church

http://ow.ly/P2kx50GEmnJ

#dualtrails #wodtrail #novaparks

Sharing the W&OD Railroad Trail Alexandria, VA - Our region abounds with recreational sites, from historic Gadsby’s Tavern and the Caryle House to 26 acres of outdoor adventure at

11/01/2021

A fall stream northwest of the Carlin Springs overpass in Arlington...

A fall stream northwest of the Carlin Springs overpass in Arlington...

10/21/2021

Clearing overgrowth the all-natural way in Leesburg!

Clearing overgrowth the all-natural way in Leesburg!

10/19/2021

Work continues on the Ashburn transmission line re-string...

Work continues on the Ashburn transmission line re-string...

10/18/2021

***IMPORTANT***
In order to maintain electric reliability for their customers, Dominion Energy will be replacing a conductor on their 230kV electric transmission line that runs alongside the trail through Ashburn. To ensure that this is done safely and swiftly, the work will require the closure of and detour around a 3.6-mile section of the W&OD Trail, from Loudoun County Parkway west to the eastern side of the Claiborne Parkway overpass. To travel around this area, a signed detour route, mostly along Gloucester Parkway, will be provided.
The re-string operations are scheduled to begin on Monday, October 18, and last through Friday, October 22, with the following week reserved as a contingency option.
Thank you for your patience and understanding, and for more information on Dominion Energy's construction process, please visit powerlines101.dominionenergy.com.

***IMPORTANT***
In order to maintain electric reliability for their customers, Dominion Energy will be replacing a conductor on their 230kV electric transmission line that runs alongside the trail through Ashburn. To ensure that this is done safely and swiftly, the work will require the closure of and detour around a 3.6-mile section of the W&OD Trail, from Loudoun County Parkway west to the eastern side of the Claiborne Parkway overpass. To travel around this area, a signed detour route, mostly along Gloucester Parkway, will be provided.
The re-string operations are scheduled to begin on Monday, October 18, and last through Friday, October 22, with the following week reserved as a contingency option.
Thank you for your patience and understanding, and for more information on Dominion Energy's construction process, please visit powerlines101.dominionenergy.com.

10/17/2021

***IMPORTANT***
In order to maintain electric reliability for their customers, Dominion Energy will be replacing a conductor on their 230kV electric transmission line that runs alongside the trail through Ashburn. To ensure that this is done safely and swiftly, the work will require the closure of and detour around a 3.6-mile section of the W&OD Trail, from Loudoun County Parkway west to the eastern side of the Claiborne Parkway overpass. To travel around this area, a signed detour route, mostly along Gloucester Parkway, will be provided.
The re-string operations are scheduled to begin on Monday, October 18, and last through Friday, October 22, with the following week reserved as a contingency option.
Thank you for your patience and understanding, and for more information on Dominion Energy's construction process, please visit powerlines101.dominionenergy.com.

***IMPORTANT***
In order to maintain electric reliability for their customers, Dominion Energy will be replacing a conductor on their 230kV electric transmission line that runs alongside the trail through Ashburn. To ensure that this is done safely and swiftly, the work will require the closure of and detour around a 3.6-mile section of the W&OD Trail, from Loudoun County Parkway west to the eastern side of the Claiborne Parkway overpass. To travel around this area, a signed detour route, mostly along Gloucester Parkway, will be provided.
The re-string operations are scheduled to begin on Monday, October 18, and last through Friday, October 22, with the following week reserved as a contingency option.
Thank you for your patience and understanding, and for more information on Dominion Energy's construction process, please visit powerlines101.dominionenergy.com.

10/16/2021

***IMPORTANT***
In order to maintain electric reliability for their customers, Dominion Energy will be replacing a conductor on their 230kV electric transmission line that runs alongside the trail through Ashburn. To ensure that this is done safely and swiftly, the work will require the closure of and detour around a 3.6-mile section of the W&OD Trail, from Loudoun County Parkway west to the eastern side of the Claiborne Parkway overpass. To travel around this area, a signed detour route, mostly along Gloucester Parkway, will be provided.
The re-string operations are scheduled to begin on Monday, October 18, and last through Friday, October 22, with the following week reserved as a contingency option.
Thank you for your patience and understanding, and for more information on Dominion Energy's construction process, please visit powerlines101.dominionenergy.com.

***IMPORTANT***
In order to maintain electric reliability for their customers, Dominion Energy will be replacing a conductor on their 230kV electric transmission line that runs alongside the trail through Ashburn. To ensure that this is done safely and swiftly, the work will require the closure of and detour around a 3.6-mile section of the W&OD Trail, from Loudoun County Parkway west to the eastern side of the Claiborne Parkway overpass. To travel around this area, a signed detour route, mostly along Gloucester Parkway, will be provided.
The re-string operations are scheduled to begin on Monday, October 18, and last through Friday, October 22, with the following week reserved as a contingency option.
Thank you for your patience and understanding, and for more information on Dominion Energy's construction process, please visit powerlines101.dominionenergy.com.

Work on a new pedestrian bridge over Wiehle Avenue to begin next summer 10/15/2021

Work on a new pedestrian bridge over Wiehle Avenue to begin next summer

https://www.restonnow.com/2021/10/15/work-on-a-new-pedestrian-bridge-over-wiehle-avenue-to-begin-next-summer/?fbclid=IwAR1TEDBtBiNp_2HT_qaqq-yLvS_IYFPdJnDtXTLRO010OrZa8CNvUritgJY

Work on a new pedestrian bridge over Wiehle Avenue to begin next summer Construction on a new pedestrian bridge over Wiehle Avenue is set to begin sometime next summer. The bridge, which would connect to the Washington & Old Dominion Trail, is intended to improve access for pedestrians and bicyclists near the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station. Once built, the bri

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A fall stream northwest of the Carlin Springs overpass in Arlington...
Bagpipes on the trail
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...

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