Leesburg is a historic town within and the county seat of Loudoun County, Virginia. Leesburg is located 33 miles west-northwest of Washington, D.C. along the base of Catoctin Mountain and adjacent to the Potomac River. The town is also the northwestern terminus of the Dulles Greenway, a private toll road that connects to the Dulles Toll Road at Washington Dulles International Airport.
Leesburg, like the rest of Loudoun, has undergone considerable growth and development over the last 30 years, transforming from a small, rural, piedmont town to a suburban bedroom city for commuters to the national capital.
Located in eastern Leesburg along the banks of the Potomac River, the park, operated by the NVRPA, contains 67 acres of woodlands and over 2 miles of trails leading to bluffs along the river. Hikers, bikers and joggers can travel in and through Leesburg on the trail, a 45-mile long rail trail that the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority constructed on the historic W&OD RR’s right-of-way. Located near the west side of Leesburg at the foot of Catoctin Mountain, the sanctuary contains a mansion and a nature reserve that the Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States, Inc., owns and operates.
Leesburg currently has two public high schools operated by the Loudoun County Public School system; Loudoun County High School, which serves the western portion, and Heritage High School, which serves the eastern portion.