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Shirlington in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Washington and Old Dominion Trail
 
Washington and Old Dominion Trail Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Roger Dean Meyer, September 8, 2007
1. Washington and Old Dominion Trail Marker
 
Inscription. W & OD Trail. The 100-foot-wide Washington and Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park (W&OD Trail) features a 45-mile asphalt trail for walking, running, skating, bicycling and other activities and a 33-mile parallel, gravel bridle path for horseback riding and biking. The W & OD Trail traverses the Piedmont between the Potomac River and the Blue Ridge Mountains creating a recreation corridor extending from the Virginia suburb of Arlington to the farming areas of western Loudoun County.

The W&OD Trail takes its name from the railroad whose trains ran along the right-of-way from 1859 until 1968. Never very successful, the railroad’s demise was hastened by the improved road system and increased number of motor vehicles.

W&OD Trail Guides Available. The 64-page, four-color W&OD Trail Guide includes 25 detailed map pages with symbols to indicate connecting trail systems, bike repair shops, restrooms, fast food restaurants and other trailside facilities. The guides are available for sale at Northern Virginia Regional Park Headquarters, local bike shops and by mail. For more information, call 703/352-5900.

Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. The Park Authority purchased the land for
 
Washington and Old Dominion Trail Photo, Click for full size
By Roger Dean Meyer, September 8, 2007
2. Washington and Old Dominion Trail
 
the W&OD Trail in sections from 1978 through 1982 from VEPCO/Virginia Power who previously acquired the right-of-way from the W&OD Railroad. With acquisition and development funding from federal agencies and local jurisdictions, the NVRPA created this 45-mile paved trail by 1988.

NVRPA represents the counties of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun, and the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church and Fairfax, working together to preserve more than 11,000 acres of Northern Virginia open space. Organized under state legislation in 1959, NVRPA has parks throughout the six local jurisdictions.

The Park Authority’s mission is to enhance the communities of Northern Virginia and enrich the lives of their citizens through the conservation of regional natural and cultural resources. It provides diverse regional recreation and education opportunities, and fosters an understanding of the relationships between people and their environment.

Playing It Safe. Safety on the trail relies on walkers, skaters, joggers, horseback riders and cyclists looking out for each other and being courteous.

Please follow these simple rules for a safe, enjoyable visit.
 Horses, then pedestrians have
 
Map of the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad Trail Photo, Click for full size
By Roger Dean Meyer, September 8, 2007
3. Map of the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad Trail
 
the right-of-way
 Stay to the right of the centerline
 Give an audible warning when passing
 Use the trail with a friend
 Do not use the trail after dark
 Wear a safety helmet when you ride or skate
 Obey all traffic signs
 Move slowly when the trail is congested
 Do not use headphones at a high volume
 Report all dangerous situations to the Trail office: 703/729-0956
 Report all emergencies to the police: 911
 
Erected by Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad marker series.
 
Location. 38° 50.655′ N, 77° 5.147′ W. Marker is in Shirlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is at the intersection of South Four Mile Run Drive and South Shirlington Road when traveling east on South Four Mile Run Drive. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Arlington VA 22206, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tracks Into History (here, next to this marker); Nauck: A Neighborhood History (here, next to this marker); Margaret Elizabeth Pfohl Campbell (approx. ¼ mile away); Drew School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Elizabeth Pfohl Campbell (approx. 0.3 miles away); Edmund Douglas Campbell (approx. 0.3 miles away); Macedonia Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Barnard (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Shirlington.
 
Three markers at the trailhead of the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad Trail Photo, Click for full size
By Roger Dean Meyer, September 8, 2007
4. Three markers at the trailhead of the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad Trail
 

 
Also see . . .
1. Friends of the Washington and Old Dominion Trail. (Submitted on September 10, 2007, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.)
2. The Washington and Old Dominion Railroad. Book by Ames Williams available on Amazon.com (Submitted on May 7, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.) 

3. Rails to the Blue Ridge: The Washington and Old Dominion Railroad, 1847 - 1968. (Submitted on May 7, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.)
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on September 10, 2007, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 2,372 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 10, 2007, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
 
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