Thursday, October 23, 2014

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Connector Trail opens Saturday - Update

Meadowlark Park connector trail from W&OD Trail
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens is owned and managed by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, the same organization that owns the W&OD Trail. The two parks are within a mile of each other. They will soon be connected by a new paved trail.

On Saturday October 25th at 10:30 Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA) will host a ribbon cutting for the W&OD to Meadowlark Connector Trail. They will also be dedicating an interpretive sign donated by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. The connector trail is near mile marker 14.5; between Vienna and Hunter Mill Road.

Rails to Trails Conservancy is holding a ride that begins at the Connector trail. The ride begins after the ribbon-cutting and follows a 12-mile route from the Connector trail to Herndon, with a stop at Green Lizard Cycling before returning.

See detailed plans for the trail.

Update: A large crowd attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday. After the ceremony we rode the 1.25 miles to Meadowlark Gardens, including some very steep but short segments of the park perimeter trail that is now paved. We heard that additional bike parking is being installed at the park. Here are some photos from the event:

Looking from the W&OD Trail toward the new trail section and bridge

The newly paved park perimeter trail

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