Loudoun Launches Online Map of Unpaved Roads

The Loudoun County Office of Mapping and Geographic Information has launcheda new, mobile-friendly online mapof the county’s unpaved roads.

The county’s extensive network of unpaved roads is a treasure for outdoor enthusiasts, attracting cyclists, runners and equestrians from throughout the country. Last year, Preservation Virginia added the network of 18th and 19th century unpaved rural roads to the list of the commonwealth’s most endangered historic sites, the latest achievement fora group of historians, educators and journalistswho have been working over the past two years to record history of Loudoun’s gravel roads and highlight theirhistorical importance as part of the America’s Routes project.The Virginia Department of Historic Resources also declared them eligible for listing on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.

In 2019, a documentary about America’s Routes, the project to save Loudoun’s historic unpaved roads, won an Emmy.

Many unpaved roads remain in their original alignment in Loudoun County, shaped by centuries of travel and representing the migration, settlement and travel patterns of the county’s early populations. Travelers on many of these roads can view Loudoun’s landscape much as it was in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The map can help travelers plan their bike, riding or running paths. The online map also lets users provide information on roads they travel, which will help the county keep the map updated to current conditions. The map also indicates whether unpaved roads are public or private, and who is responsible for maintenance.

View the map at loudoun.gov/unpavedroads. To see other online Loudoun County maps, visit loudoun.gov/geohub.

5 thoughts on “Loudoun Launches Online Map of Unpaved Roads

  • 2021-03-08 at 11:17 am

    Charming roads if one is on foot, horseback. or a mountain bike. Difficult and unsafe if one has to drive a car on them daily, or for a school bus. It’s the 21st century, most areas of the US have paved their roads.

    • 2021-03-09 at 6:49 am


      I drive these roads daily. I share them with people walking, on bikes and riding horses. We can share the road just fine as long as there aren’t people driving on them claiming they are not safe for cars and wishing they were paved- those people don’t share and apparently are unable to navigate some road surfaces safely.

      Perhaps those people shouldn’t visit the country, let alone live here?

      After all, it’s the 21st century- we have choices and not all appreciate the unique qualities that make life in Loudoun special.

  • 2021-03-08 at 11:34 am

    Plenty of errors in the small I area I reviewed. Did this cost Loudoun taxpayers any money?

    Why are you mapping “unpaved roads” entirely on private property?
    How about a prominent reminder for map users to not trespass on private property?

    • 2021-03-09 at 9:27 am

      I see a few also. There is a tab on the top of the map to send corrections and the private roads are listed as “unpaved Private/HOA”in the map legend.

  • 2021-03-08 at 1:51 pm

    Protecting these roads is arguably the best way to prevent urban sprall in western Loudoun. If you’re interested in keeping Loudoun from becoming Fairfax, protect these roads.

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