Last week’s weather was quite rainy, so we were stuck inside most of the time. Fortunately, last weekend the rain stayed away and my boyfriend and I had the opportunity to take Luna on the W&OD Trail on both Saturday and Sunday.

The W&OD trail is known as the skinniest park in Virginia at only 100 feet wide, but it is also one of the longest with 45+ miles of paved trail for walking, running, biking, and even skating. The park also includes 32 miles of gravel trail for horseback riding. The trail runs from Shirlington to Purcellville, both of which have a variety of pet friendly options.

The trail is built on the roadbed of its namesake, the former Washington & Old Dominion Railroad. Because of this connection there are also numerous spots to stop a learn a bit of history.

We don’t live far from a trail head in Vienna, Virginia, so on Saturday we packed into the car and drove to it. We walked for about 3 miles down to downtown Vienna and back. We stopped for a few photos along the way and even discovered a new brewery to check out.

Since the W&OD trail is paved, I paid special attention to keep Luna just off the side in the grass to protect her paws. Don’t forget that as the weather heats up, so does the pavement! If you wouldn’t walk barefoot, then your dog shouldn’t either.

We saw tons of beautiful flowers and greenery along the trail. I guess all that rain helped with something!

We stopped to smell the beautiful flowers on the W&OD Trail.

In Downtown Vienna, we stopped by the Vienna Caboose and a mural with what else but running dogs!

Saw some sights in Vienna, Virginia including a mural and train caboose!

Since the weather was pretty warm, we took several water breaks. Luna took even attempted to cool off by rolling in the grass (and some other plants).

Luna cooled off in the grass along the W&OD Trail.

On Sunday, we got back on the trail, but this time we took our bikes. I was thrilled to finally put our Solvit HoundAbout Bike Trailer to the test and bring Luna along for the ride. I conned my boyfriend into towing her. What’s an extra 25+ lbs of dead weight anyway?

We took our Luna on a bike ride on the W&OD Trail in our Solvit HoundAbout Trailer.

We rode 15+ miles round trip all the way to the Reston Town Center where we stopped to rest up and enjoy some refreshing drinks. Luna even got a giant sized Puppuccino from Starbucks. The Barista didn’t know what a Puppuccino was, so he gave us a Tall cup of whipped cream instead of the mini ones!

Luna enjoyed a Puppuccino from Starbucks.

As you can see Luna didn’t mind the extra one bit. In fact, she was left asking for even more whipped cream! Maybe that’s because I stole some for myself too.

Luna REALLY enjoyed a Puppuccino from Starbucks.

Before we got back on the trail, we admired a unique sculpture in the Reston Town Center which was a house made out of sticks and twigs. They were all twisted into place and it didn’t seem like any adhesive or nails were even used!

A house made of twigs and branches in the Reston Town Center.

Where is your favorite place to take your dog on the weekend?

Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman is a bargain hunter, food lover, and software engineer figuring out how to be a pet parent for the first time. Jessica has been a long time lover of all animals (especially llamas and manatees) and is happy that she can finally combine that love with technology.
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  • Oh wow! That area is so pretty!

  • Interesting! I’ve been on a short section of the trail but that was years ago. Luna is cute!

  • Beautiful photos. Looked like you had a great time! We love to take our boys to local parks to swim and run!

    • beaglesbargains

      That sounds awesome!

  • Dolly the Doxie

    What a fun walk! Loved the tongue action in the cup! Love Dolly

  • Oz theTerrier

    What a great adventure! We love our HoundAbout II Bike Trailer and it looks like Luna loves hers too! That wood house is so cool.

    • beaglesbargains

      Yes, I’m glad the weather cooperated and we finally got the chance to really use it. Can’t wait for another chance!

  • Cathy C Bennett

    That’s a really interesting house. We’ve been going to various parks too, I’m searching for trails with fresh water streams.

  • Emma

    Looks like fun and I bet the Puppacino was nice and refreshing.

  • Julie @ Fun in Fairfax VA

    Glad you had fun on the W&OD. Once you are north of Vienna you can take the bridle trail, a parallel dirt trail, most of the way to RestonTown Center. Easier on the paws and less likely to collide with bikes. You might like some of the other trails I’ve written up on my site (Fun in Fairfax VA). I’m just up the trail from you in Reston.

    • beaglesbargains

      Good to know! We do quite a bit of walking and hiking, so I’ll have to check it out to see if you have any we don’t know about. We don’t walk too far on foot – usually not much past Vienna, but I’ll keep the bridle trail in mind.

  • Kyla Patton

    Sounds like a fun day and a great workout! I bet Luna slept happily after all that fun 🙂

    • beaglesbargains

      She sure did!

  • sandy weinstein

    i have been on this trail many times, it has changed since i was there. hope the ticks were not bad b/c they are bad this yr where i live. i remember reading in the paper abt the structures made out of twigs, some artist does these and has some really huge ones. there was a news section abt them on one the news shows a while back. he has also done maizes as well. i remember riding my bike along the trail. love the cart, they are very expensive. i looked at this brand but i wanted one for walking and not riding bikes and all they have are the bike ones and the converter kits.

  • DJohnson

    Looks like a great trail. I love taking my pup on walks. She is always so curious and silly. It’s nice to enjoy the outdoors.

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