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This Is W&OD Trail: Leesburg!

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, December 1, 2019
1. This Is W&OD Trail: Leesburg! Marker
Inscription.  The 100-ft wide W&OD has been called "the skinniest park" in Virginia. But it is also one of the longest parks, 45 miles of paved trail for walking, running, cycling and skating and more. Built on the roadbed of the former Washington & Old Dominion Railroad, the multi-use trail runs through the urban heartland and countryside of Northern Virginia. Snaking its way through the heart of the region, the W&OD has end points in Shirlington in Arlington County, and Purcellvile, 45 miles away in Loudoun County.

The first section of the W&OD opened in Falls Church dedicated in 1974 by then-Mayor Harold Miller. The trail was completed in 1988.

Equestrian Trial
www.nvrpa.org/park/w_od_railroad | 703-729-0596

Along the 45 miles of paved trial that comprises the W&OD are an additional 32 miles of adjacent gravel trail for horseback riding. The equestrian trail goes over hills and through shallow streams, offering a pleasant challenge for horseback riders and some of the longest consecutive trail spaces for horses in Northern Virginia.

History on the W&OD
www.novaparks.com/parks/washington-and-old-dominion-railroad-regional-park
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By Devry Becker Jones, December 1, 2019
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| 703-729-0596

Once known as the Alexandria, Loudoun and Hampshire Railroad, the W&OD was once considered vital following its inception in 1847. Its primary goal was to spread commerce from the Alexandria seaport inland to points in Loudoun County. While that particular line of commerce never truly developed, it's interesting to see where its tracks wound and where the trail runs today — through the towns of what are now Arlington, Falls Church, Vienna, Reston, Herndon, Sterling, Leesburg and Purcellville — all key economic sites in modern Northern Virginia.

Rare Vantage Points
www.nvpra.org/park/w_od_railroad | 703-729-0596

Because of the W&OD's route, there are several vantage points unparalleled in Northern Virginia. The trail crosses directly over the capital beltway, crosses route 66 at two different places, as well as across route 7 near Leesburg. In addition, the trail abuts against a Luckstone Quarry between Leesburg and Purcellville, offering a breathtaking view rarely observed in the region.

NOVA Parks
Northern Virginia Regional Parks Authority

About NOVA Parks
Comprised of six jurisdictions across Northern Virginia, NOVA Parks is a park agency unlike any others, a unique combination of conservation and entrepreneurship, urban
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By Devry Becker Jones, December 1, 2019
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and rural, cutting-edge technology and history. NOVA Parks' offerings reflect all of this: For every waterpark, there are large wide open spaces for picnicking, relaxing, or just general reflecting. For every golf course, there are thousands of acres of trees and protected waterfront. NOVA Parks owns historic property in the middle of a bustling urban center, a 45-mile long paved bike trail that bisects the entire region, and a full scale skeet and trap shooting center.

But remember, this kiosk is just a small glimpse inside this exciting park agency. Scan the code to visit us online at www.novaparks.com.

1.49 miles away
Rust Manor House & Rust Sanctuary
Explore 68 acres of nature trails, or plan your next event at Rust Manor House, located in Leesburg, Virginia.

2.20 miles away
Ball's Bluff Battlefield Regional Park
Encounter history at Ball's Bluff Battlefield, site of the Loudoun County's largest Civil War battle.

2.82 miles away
Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Regional Park
Hike 67 acres of winding nature trails, take in a breath taking view of the Potomac and explore historic buildings.

5.11 miles away
Temple Hall Farm Regional Park
Explore a working farm with educational programs and live farm
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animals at Temple Hall Farm Regional Park, located in Leesburg, Virginia.

7.15 miles away
Brambleton Golf Course
Enjoy 18 holes of the best golf Virginia has to offer at the Brambleton Golf Course — a par 72 championship course in Ashburn, Virginia.

7.30 miles away
White's Ford Regional Park
Launch canoes and kayaks, and explore 295 acres of parkland along the Potomac River.
 
Erected by Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad marker series.
 
Location. 39° 6.629′ N, 77° 33.799′ W. Marker is in Leesburg, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is at the intersection of Harrison Street Southeast and Depot Court Southeast, on the left when traveling north on Harrison Street Southeast. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Leesburg VA 20175, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Leesburg Freight Station (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lost Locomotive (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported permanently removed. ); The Orion Anderson Story (within shouting distance of this marker); Stationmaster's House
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(about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Log House (about 700 feet away); Norman-Harding Barn (about 700 feet away); The Leesburg Lime Company (about 700 feet away); McKimmey's Mill (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leesburg.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 1, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 1, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 44 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 1, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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