How long will the process take?

  • The project is anticipated to last 6-8 months, with completion by late summer 2021; however, full execution of the plan will take several years.

How can I get involved?

  • You can provide comments and suggestions through this website (see Participate section), respond to the online survey and attend virtual public meetings.

Who is responsible for this comprehensive Linear Parks and Trails System Master Plan?

  • Design Workshop, Inc. is the leading consultant for the Conceptual Design and Planning for a countywide Linear Parks and Trails System. Loudoun County is responsible for planning oversight and execution of the plan as funding becomes available.

What is a linear park?

  • Linear parks are elongated open space corridors that are managed for conservation, recreation and/or multi-modal transportation values. Linear park corridors often follow the alignment of a natural or open space feature in the landscape, such as a riverfront, stream valley, ridgeline, overland along a railroad right-of-way converted to recreational use, scenic road, or other routes. Linear parks provide open-space connections linking parks, nature preserves, cultural features, or historic sites with each other and with urban, suburban and rural areas. Linear parks are designed to protect wildlife, biodiversity and scenic beauty, while providing passive recreation opportunities. The size and design of linear parks varies, depending upon context, function and location, but will generally consist of a wildlife corridor, continuous multiuse trail, waysides and seating, and other passive recreation uses.

    Ideally, corridors should be wide enough (>300') to provide habitat for the safe movement, breeding and privacy of wildlife, while protecting water quality, native trees and vegetation, and sensitive habitat areas. Trails should be woven within the corridor in an ecologically sensitive manner. Corridor crossings of major roads should be designed to discourage wildlife and motor vehicle conflicts.

What is the definition of a trail?

  • Trails are paths intended for non-motorized, multiuse, passive recreation. Typical trail users include walkers, mountain bikers, equestrians, nature enthusiasts, trail runners and dog walkers, among others.

    Preferred trail routing provides connections from origins, such as trail heads with suitable parking (including horse trailers) and neighborhoods with walkable access to destinations, including parks, neighborhoods, retail establishments, and natural, historic and cultural attractions. Trail surfaces are generally earthen (i.e., dirt), but may include surfaces like cinder or aggregate where such usage is appropriate to the terrain. Asphalt or concrete surfaces will be more commonly used as access paths into the trail system and along urban segments. Trail designs should accommodate as many user types as possible via a single track or, if necessary due to terrain or other issues, through parallel/nearby paths. Trail widths will vary depending on location and usage, but generally accommodate passing of two users of the widest intended user group (i.e., equestrians).