Arlington in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Washington and Old Dominion Trail
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
Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. The Park Authority purchased the land for 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,
Please follow these simple rules for a safe, enjoyable visit.
Horses, then pedestrians have 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.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the NOVA Parks, and the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad series lists.
Location. 38° 50.655′ N, 77° 5.147′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is at the intersection of South Four Mile Run Drive and South Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Arlington VA 22206, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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); This is W&OD Trail: Shirlington! (a few steps from this marker); Welcome to Jennie Dean Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Welcome to Jennie Dean Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Margaret Elizabeth Pfohl Campbell (approx. ¼ mile away); Green Valley Pharmacy (approx. ¼ mile away); Origins (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
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 was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 10, 2007, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 3,394 times since then and 70 times this year. 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.