UPDATED: Cycling not recommended to Wolf Trap


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3 Responses to “UPDATED: Cycling not recommended to Wolf Trap”

  1. Bruce says:

    Coincidentally I rode to Wolf Trap today during the day and had no problems. During a concert there is certainly lots of traffic but it moves so slowly that cycling should be OK. From the W&OD Trail I take Clarks Crossing Rd to left on Beulah Rd. From Beulah to Trap Rd the road is narrow and there’s lots of traffic but it’s a short stretch.

    Trap Rd from Beulah to where it turns left toward Wolf Trap is wide and bike-friendly. From the stop sign where you turn left on Trap Rd the road is narrow and you would have to take the lane but that is a short stretch as well to the Filene Center. There is a paved trail in front of the Barns, but it ends at the Toll Rd.

    There are plans for a ped/bike bridge over the Toll Rd that could connect to the Barns trail. The reason I was there was to look at options for connecting gthe bridge to the trail. Even with the trail and the bridge I assume most cyclists will ride on the road anyway. Many cyclists currently ride through that area from Route 7 to the W&OD Trail. I think the route is on the ADC bike map and the Fx Co bike map.

    I would think Wolf Trap employees would want the option of being able to securely park their bikes. I once rode to a meeting at the buildling next to the Barns and there was not parking there either.

  2. Ian says:

    I ended up biking from DC to West Falls Church, then put the bike on the wolf trap shuttle ($1.50).

    The email from Wolf Trap was correct, there are no bike racks at the concert venue which is something they really need to correct. In fact almost all the street furniture and fences are wood, which isn’t the best for locking up a bike. I ended up finding a lamp post in one of the parking areas that felt comfortable locking my bike to.

    After the concert I turned left onto Trap Road, threaded my way through the slow moving traffic, most of it was turning left to join the toll road, I continued on from Trap Rd to Beulah Rd, then right on Clarks Crossing to the W&OD, then onto Herndon.

    I was wearing a fluorescent yellow top, red rear flasher and good strong bike light. I probably had about 5 cars pass me on Trap Road, who were all polite and gave me plenty of room.

    Conclusion, Yes you can do it, and I enjoyed doing it but I wouldn’t recommend doing at night unless you are comfortable biking at night on a narrow road.

    The road is listed on the new Fairfax County map as a less desirable bike route.

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