LoCo List: Stops Along the W&OD Bike Trail

Known as the “skinniest park in Virginia” the W&OD trail is a great way to get outside and active while enjoying the beauty of Northern Virginia. The 45-mile trail runs from Arlington to Purcellville, but the Loudoun County stretch is our favorite. This part of the trail offers a diverse mix of scenery passing farmland, woods, horse barns, and downtowns. The tree canopies offer cool shade on hot days, and it’s always fun to see the horses out on the trail. Popular with locals, there are usually enough people to feel comfortable without being too crowded. Here is a list of our favorite stops along the way that may inspire you to go that extra mile:

Sweet Rose Bakeshop
It is the perfect start or end for your adventure. Located directly across the street from the ending point of the W&OD (with plenty of town parking for the trail), they offer a variety of delightful selection of sugary, homemade treats to celebrate your accomplishment (or provide the energy rush you need to start.) You can choose between doughnuts, coffee cake, cupcakes, cookies and so much more – or grab a bagel and granola bar to go with a cup of coffee. Enjoy your treat on the outdoor patio or by the old train station gardens. Don’t forget to take your picture by the LOVE sign to prove that you made it out that far.
201 N 23rd Street, Purcellville, VA 20132

South Street Under
It is a favorite stopping point for lunch. With a large outdoor seating area, you can easily park your bike and enjoy a delicious hot or cold sandwich on freshly baked bread. The ciabatta is fantastic. You are usually in good company with other bikers and runners, making this is a great place to hang out with a larger group and refuel.
203 Harrison Street, Leesburg, VA 20175

Bike TrAle Brewing Company
Bike TrAle Brewing is fittingly named after the owner’s love of cycling. It’s very close to the W&OD, located in downtown Leesburg. It’s the perfect place to grab a beer after a long ride, run or walk. The brewery has a tasting room, but out favorite space is their outdoor patio area where we can soak in some rays, relax and throw up those tired legs.
101 Loudoun St SE, Leesburg, VA 20175

Luck Stone Quarry
It offers an amazing and startling view from the trail that makes for a great destination ride or run. Located around mile marker 30 in Ashburn, the trail winds back through a quiet, rural section that suddenly opens up to an enormous rock quarry. The view is spectacular and an interesting look at what lies below all of us.
Marker 30, W&OD, Ashburn, VA

Trailside Park
It is a favorite stop and play area if you are with any youngsters. Perfectly situated on the side of the trail in Ashburn, this park is large with multiple play structures, woods to run through, and a roller hockey rink for inline skates. If you set your sites on this destination, you can surely get kiddos to push through their limits – just a few more minutes and we’re there! Pack a picnic for the benches or check out a game at the Madison Small Softball Complex, you can make a day of it.
20375 Claiborne Pkwy, Ashburn, VA 20147

Carolina Brothers BBQ
You should not have any trouble finding Carolina Brothers BBQ, just follow the amazing smell of slow cooking pork right on the side of the trail in old town Ashburn. Located directly off the trail, park your bike and head inside for a plate of traditional NC pit barbeque. Slow cooked for hours with critically acclaimed homemade sauces, this is easily a favorite pit-stop on the trail.
20702 Ashburn Road, Ashburn, VA 20147


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Mary Litton

Mary Litton is a local author who loves all things Loudoun. Her e-book Loudoun County Wine Tour Day Trips features six wine tasting itineraries in Loudoun. She also has a cookbook Western Loudoun Preserved that includes interviews and recipes from the area’s prominent farms, restaurants, wineries and breweries. Mary was born and raised in the story-telling hills of East Tennessee. After graduating from Wake Forest University, she moved to the Washington, DC area where she studied the true art of story-spinning. Now living in Loudoun County with her husband and two children, she is constantly finding inspiration to pursue her love of writing. When she isn't writing, she is teaching creative writing classes. To browse her books, visit www.marylitton.com.