In response to strong public input and a shortage of parks and trails in Loudoun County, a committee of Coalition members proposes Emerald Ribbons, a countywide interconnected system of linear parks and trails. Such a widely accessible network, built along streams and other natural corridors, can create an asset of enormous benefit to Loudoun County, raising property values, improving health and quality of life, attracting business investment and providing protection for natural areas and drinking water sources.
The proposed countywide system would link east and west, north and south through a trails network that would allow residents and visitors to enjoy Loudoun’s natural beauty.
The Emerald Ribbons concept has been presented to numerous organizations and officials in Loudoun County and has been well received. The project is included in the new draft Comprehensive Plan and the Board of Supervisors will soon discuss a proposal to develop a detailed Emerald Ribbons plan and to conduct public outreach to define the details of the park and trails system. Please contact your Supervisor to show your support for this park program. To see the map and read more about the project, click here.
How can I get a map I can read?
I’m eager for this plan to succeed as I live on one of the proposed routes, Harpers Ferry Rd.
We will post a larger version of the map for you, Janet. Bear in mind that this is a first iteration of the plan. The details are to be worked out over the next year or two with the public deeply involved, and we hope you will be part of this process. The briefing materials and especially the white paper (click on Emerald Ribbons on the Topics tab) provide a lot more information and good references to explore to go even deeper.
Are you talking to anyone from the Virginia Happy Trails Running club?
Thank you for your comment, Michael. I will pass it along to Emerald Ribbons committee members. We hope you will join the effort this coming year.
This is very encouraging. Thank you for your service to Loudoun County and the greater Piedmont region.
I am an avid mountain biker and find it very frustrating I need to travel to Maryland or Fairfax County in order to find a decent trail. Loudoun County had perfect topography for a world class network of trails. Unfortunately, with the lack of public use of lands, Loudoun is almost devoid of any mountain bike trails. I really hope this proposal gains some traction. Many of us moved to Loudoun County to avoid the density and issues that come along with it. I’d like to see more protection of green space and more importantly, access to the great terrain Loudoun offers for hiking and biking.