About Herndon

By Jun S.  Published Aug 28th, 2016


Herndon is an incorporated town located in Fairfax County,Virginia, and is part of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The population was 23,292 at the 2010 census, making it the largest of the three county towns.

Named after Capt. William Lewis Herndon, this pre-civil war town is the third largest in Virginia. If location is everything, everything begins here. Located a few miles from Dulles International airport and 22 miles from D.C., it is central to hundreds of attractions. Staying downtown is easy with over 100 restaurants and hotels in a wide range of price points.

You don’t need to go very far to find history. The Train Depot began as a stop for the trains carrying dairy products from grain-fed cows of urban Virginia to Washington, D.C. The depot became a museum following the last train in 1968.

The town green, located behind the Municipal Center and Library, is the main venue for farmer’s markets, craft shows, special events and free concerts. Adjacent to the Washington and OD bike trail, you can leave the car home to attend events.

The 45-mile-long Washington and OD Bike Trail runs through the heart of downtown Herndon. Parks and Recreation also maintains five miles of walking trails with the Sugarland Run Trail connecting two major trail systems. The total of 11 neighborhood parks (every resident is within ½ mile of a park) includes one dog park.

If teeing off is your cup-of-tea, Golf Digest ranked Centennial Golf Club as one of the best places to play. It’s most certainly the best public course in the Washington DC area. Lessons are available for all levels of player. For indoor activities, the Community Center (56,000 square feet) is an award winning business and recreation center. Designed to keep the citizens healthy, it houses a fitness center, swimming pool and racket ball courts. Learn more about local activities on our Attractions and Things to Do pages!

The biggest annual event is the Herndon Festival (in its 36th year) attracting over 90,000 people annually. There are three stages for big-name entertainment, a carnival, fireworks, crafts and a 10K/5K race. Admission is free with a free shuttle from parking areas. Learn more about annual events on our Events page!


In tribute to the town government, the number and quality of cultural events gets a 97% approval rating by residents. A rare achievement today. Learn more info about our local community on our Demographics page!