W&OD Railroad Regional Park - Vienna, VA

*** Rescheduled to 2/17/13***

Hey Super Troopers!!!

For our next walk, we'll be going to Vienna...no, not the one in Austria! Although some of the best days of my life took place there. I was young, wild, and free and I'll never forget the great warmth and friendliness of Theresa, Simona, and Andrea. I tell ya, a lot of life just depends on luck and the kindness of strangers... -- If you've never been to Vienna, Austria you should visit!

A brief history for you: W&OD Railroad Regional Park takes its name from the railroad whose trains ran along the right-of-way from 1859 until 1968. As you might have suspected from the dates, the railroad was destroyed during the Civil War. It was rebuilt and eventually acquired by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.

Today, the abandoned railroad right-of-way has become a 100-foot wide trail, which is the the skinniest park in the Commonwealth of Virginia, but also one of the longest (45 miles in length). It extends from Alexandria to Purcellville, in Loudoun County. It's a favorite of avid bikers and skaters, and walkers too, of course!  

Our out-and-back walk will be our usual 2 hours (6 miles of smiles). We'll begin at the Vienna Community Center and walk towards the Hunter Mill Road, then retrace our steps. The trail is pavement and flat. Just easy, breezy, beautiful.  

How to get there: Take I-66 West to Exit 62. Merge onto VA-243 N/Nutley Street SW. Go 0.7 miles and turn right onto Courthouse Rd SW. Go 0.6 miles, then take a slight right onto Locust St SW. Turn right onto Center St S. Then the 1st left onto Cherry St SE.  

What to bring: yourself, your furry friend, water, and cool sunglasses!!! For legal liability purposes, no one under 18, please. As always, if you have questions, get lost, or just want to say hello, my number is (301) 712-5880.

Hope you'll come to the dance!

-albert

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  • Prash V.

    probably and possibly i lost 400+ calories more in the cold today ;)

    1 · February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great trail... nice and warm :-) and if you were a boat, you could have sailed all the way to England today!! Perfect trail and lots of nice flat hiking at a great pace!!

    February 17, 2013

  • Sheri R

    What a great hike! Just the right length, good conversation, and bracing weather.

    February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cold!! Great group of people!

    February 17, 2013

  • Faith R.

    Had a dog emergency, so have to go to the next one

    February 17, 2013

  • kerry

    Easy trail, pretty scenery, do watch out for the bikers!

    February 17, 2013

  • John M

    Energetic bunch today - it was all I could do to keep up! I had a great time, thanks!

    February 17, 2013

  • kerry

    Lots of fun! Has everyone thawed out yet???

    February 17, 2013

  • Bernadette

    Great walk! Thanks to the organizers, leaders, and photographers.

    February 17, 2013

  • Jyoti

    had a change of plans ... looking forward to meeting others at the next one!

    February 17, 2013

  • Ryan G.

    I have the flu. Have to catch the next one.

    February 17, 2013

    • Ryan G.

      Thanks. I am trying. I really wanted to go...but its bad. :( Let me know how it was ok.

      1 · February 17, 2013

    • Ryan G.

      Thanks Christine. This thing hit me Fri. morning so hoping today is the end. Hit that extra loop for me and I'll make it up to you. :) Have a great time.

      1 · February 17, 2013

  • John M

    Hey there, I posted a Google map with locations, a couple of local coffee shops, and our walking route here: http://tinyurl.com/bnpvesn
    See you soon!

    February 17, 2013

  • Cheryl (.

    To cold & windy

    February 16, 2013

  • John M

    Hey folks, Sunday is supposed to be partly sunny and a breezy 34 degrees, with a 40% chance of snow flurries but no accumulation. Let's enjoy some winter wonderland! If you get turned around or just want to say hi, my number is 7O3-924-O845. Bundle up and I'll see you there!

    February 16, 2013

  • Alexandra R.

    Unfortunately I can't on the 17, but I am ready for the next walk!

    February 16, 2013

  • Sheldon F.

    Unfortunately this rescheduled hike now conflicts with the big climate rally downtown.

    February 16, 2013

  • R.J.

    It'll be a quick six miles for me. I'm compelled to attend the largest climate rally in U.S. history. Feb. 17, 2013, 11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. So come downtown DC after finishing the hike? Where: Northeast corner of the Washington Monument
    (Closest Metro subway stations: Federal Triangle and Smithsonian)

    Who: Sierra Club & many other organizations. Bill McCibbon, Morgan Freeman, Elle McPherson and Alec Baldwin.

    February 16, 2013

  • Janine

    Sounds great!

    February 16, 2013

  • Johanna

    I am a maybe...baby!

    February 16, 2013

  • Lorraine W.

    Sorry, the new date doesn't work for me. Have a great time and hope to see you soon!

    February 14, 2013

  • Faith R.

    I'll bring my dog with me and look forward to it.

    February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    As long as the weather is good, I'm in.

    1 · February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are there any age 50+ lady walkers participating?

    February 11, 2013

    • kerry

      Yes, ma'am - see you there!

      February 11, 2013

  • Mike

    I walk the WO&D trail all the time. Actually did six miles last Saturday from Vienna. Seems like so many people going, for this meetup, could cause some problems for the group and others (bikers, walkers, and runners) using the trail. Just saying.

    February 11, 2013

  • Cecilia

    I am willing to participate on the walk on the 17th

    February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Out of town

    February 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    As long as the weather is good, I'm in.

    February 4, 2013

  • Ryan G.

    Wow!!! They do exist! Lol Jim had a geeat idea. But...next time it will havebto be I suppose. I was looking forward to meeting everyone also. There are some great hikes happening in MD next weekend if anyonebcomesbup this way. Let me know. Ill fill you in.

    February 2, 2013

  • Jim

    As far as strolling during cold weather - isn't that why God made schnapps & flasks?

    1 · February 2, 2013

  • Steve K.

    Oh well. I look forward to meeting everyone on the 17th.

    February 2, 2013

  • Jee

    I'll be driving from Crystal city. Let me know if anyone needs a ride.

    February 1, 2013

    • Jee

      Can you take the metro to crystal city and walk to 23rd street? It'll take you about 10min. Take the underground walkway and just follow the sign to 23rd street. I can meet you there at 11ish.

      February 2, 2013

    • LINDA G.

      I guess its cancelled now

      February 2, 2013

  • Prash V.

    2/3/2012 vienna va, temperature : 30 F feels like 29 F.
    Hopefully looking forward on 2/17/2013.

    2 · February 2, 2013

  • kerry

    Noooo! I was really looking forward to meeting everyone!!!!!
    But, I get it - if we're frozen solid, that kind of takes the fun out of things...

    February 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry peeps...we're pushing this walk out to 2/17...the temps should be above 40 degrees by then. It's just no darn fun walking in the freezing cold!! Until then, enjoy the snowflakes!

    February 2, 2013

  • wanda

    Sorry. But I will not be able to go. Have fun. Wanda

    February 2, 2013

  • Rick K

    I'm driving from Falls Church and can pick up a few people at Dunn Loring metro if someone needs a ride. Please email me if interested.

    February 2, 2013

  • Doreen H

    How far is the Vienna Rec Center from the Vienna metro? I am taking the metro from Springfield.

    February 2, 2013

  • LINDA G.

    Please is anyone leaving from Alexandria who wouldn't mind giving me a ride? I would greatly appreciate this. I am not too far away from the Landmark Mall on Van Dorn Street/Duke Street

    February 2, 2013

  • Stella B.

    Was hoping this was going to be my first one but can't make this one, maybe next one.

    February 2, 2013

  • Ryan G.

    What is this group like? This will be my first one with you all and I am coming from Baltimore. I love being outdoors...just havd never been a part of anything like this. Would like some feedback for this new guy. Will be coming alone and have never met any of you. Look forward to it though.

    January 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Okay, I messed up, I thought this hike was on Saturday. Can't do it Sunday.

    January 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it!

    January 28, 2013

  • marcella

    Hi
    Can a get a ride with anyone from any convenient metro station to the meeting point( Vienna Community Centre)
    Thanks

    January 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi there, What is the age group of this walk? Thank you ;)

    January 28, 2013

    • David T

      Hi Patricia, if you have to ask you're either too young or too old. . .teasing! =) I'd wager, age of the group ranges from 20-somethings to 50-somethings with few maybe 60ish.

      January 28, 2013

    • Jim

      There is a wide range of ages and wits.

      January 28, 2013

  • Ryan G.

    As long as I make it to my Super Bowl party.

    January 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry peeps for rescheduling to 2/3...it isn't much fun walking in freezing cold temps, plus you'd get sick.

    1 · January 24, 2013

  • Ann Y.

    Not feeling well. Was hoping to make it. I will make the next one. Have a great walk.

    January 18, 2013

  • Jackie D

    I've a conflict at noon. :(

    January 16, 2013

  • Dawn M.

    Maybe

    January 16, 2013

  • Laurel B.

    This will be nice as my first walk with all of you.

    January 14, 2013

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