Cycling To Purcellville

A few weeks ago we rode the west end of the Washington and Old Dominion Trail, and made it almost to the end of the trail in Purcellville. My goal for this weekend’s ride was to make it to the end and get my own version of the sign at the old Pucellville train station–especially after seeing Cynthia’s Cycling To Purcellville

We started at the parking lot near CarMax off Route 28 in Sterling, Virginia, at about mile marker 24. The weather was unseasonably cool for July–in the low 70s–and the sun was just burning off the morning fog. Still, I was glad to be dressed for a summer ride with my short-sleeved top, sunglasses and sunscreen, because it warmed up quickly. 

This section of the Washington and Old Dominion trail is so scenic. One of my favorite sights is this old silo, just west of Leesburg.

Silo Washington And Old Dominion

I had just passed the silo when I saw my husband stopped on the other side of the trail. He had discovered that the trail was lined with wild raspberry bushes that were at peak ripeness.


After we’d had our fill, we continued on, pausing every few miles for more raspberries (my husband) and more pictures (me). 

Washington and Old DominionThere aren’t too many road crossings on this section of the trail, but there are a few places where the trail crosses highways so you must come to a full stop and check for oncoming traffic. It also crosses Route 7 twice, sending you over or under the highway and across entrance/exit ramps that also require caution. (For a section-by-section breakdown of the Washington and Old Dominion trail, check out this Bike Washington website.)

When we got to the end of the trail, I got my picture and was thrilled to learn that the train station has indoor plumbing that is open to the public. 😉 


There’s also this gem–Trail’s End Cycling Company, in a building dating to 1874!

Trails End Cycling Company Purcellville

On the way back, my husband insisted on stopping for more raspberries, while I wanted to stop oat Old Ox Brewery again. (Read about my first visit to this bike-friendly place at mile marker 25 here.) The food truck wasn’t there yet, so we made do with chips. The Dill Pickle flavor hit the spot like nobody’s business! 

Old Ox Brewery

The elevation profile shows that the hard work of this ride is on the way the out, but it’s a steady climb that you don’t really notice until you realize how much easier it is on the way back. After my recent falls on the Mount Vernon trail, I also appreciate the lack of steep, twisty curves, although there is one twisty climb right at Clark’s Gap.
Purcellville Profile

We like this end of the Washington and Old Dominion trail because it is wide, less crowded, and has fewer road crossings than the eastern end. On the other hand, it’s a 45 minute drive (with $3.50 in tolls) each way to get to this starting point, so we can’t ride from here every weekend. 

See what others have been up to at Jill’s Fitness Friday link up.

Did you do anything fun this weekend?

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14 Responses to Cycling To Purcellville

  1. Sounds like a really beautiful ride! And raspberries along the side of the trail are a nice perk 🙂 I wish that there were long bike trails like this in NYC because then I would be more apt to get out on my bike. I’m scared of riding in traffic!
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  2. Chaitali says:

    Sounds like a fun ride! And I love that your husband spotted those raspberries, he has a good eye 🙂 We played tourist at the zoo this weekend and then hung out with friends on the 4th for grilling and fireworks.
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  3. Looks like a beautiful trip.
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  4. Karen says:

    Looks fun! I am trying to get my hubby to bike the trail with me so these are all good tips…it will take a few hours to get to he start so that doesn’t thrill him, but it looks like a great ride.
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  5. HoHo Runs says:

    That sounds like a great place to ride. I would stop for the raspberries too!
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  6. I have a friend who lives in Leessburg and we love to bike out there too. So much more quaint out there isn’t it?! And less crowded
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  7. what a fun date with the hubby! I got a golf date with mine and loved every second of it! We didn’t get fresh raspberries here! Jealous!
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  8. Wow yum! I would love to stop by the side of the road here and pick wild raspberries. That sounds like an amazing bike ride. I’m going on a 20 mile ride today as my last ride for my Olympic tri… Saying that turns my stomach. So NERVOUS. O_o
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  9. jill conyers says:

    That’s something my husband and I would love to do. I need a new bike first 🙂

    Have a fantastic weekend friend!
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  10. Jennifer says:

    Sounds like a fun ride. Did you start early in the day? How long did it take to get from mile 24 to Purceville?
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