Northern Virginia is blessed with a plenitude of options if you like biking. If you need the speed and have a road bike, the trails in the area (in particular the Mount Vernon Trail and the W&OD trail) should give you plenty of mileage.
For local mountain biking there are areas in Reston around Lake Fairfax and trails down Difficult Run or up to Great Falls. And, not to forget the mixed surface 40 mile Cross County Trail from Great Falls Park all the way to the Occoquan Regional Park.
If the W&OD area is too crowded on the weekends, there are great quiet (and winding) country roads about 30 minutes away from Fairfax County out on I-66. Small towns like The Plains, Marshall and Delaplane are very popular on early weekend mornings – it is easy to end up going 40-50 and 60 miles on your road bike surrounded by beautiful Virginia countryside (particularly if you decide to pass by Sky Meadows and up to Mount Weather and down by Bluemont.)
If you want to do some serious mountain biking in the area few places beat Fountainhead Regional Park near Lorton. The single track trail is just awesome and it has three interconnecting loops of increasing difficulty (green, blue and black.) The trail has been continously updated the last few years with a black loop with drops, jumps and rock gardens. If you decide to try the new black loop – be very very careful the first times – or you will end up with broken chains, wheels, egos and worse.
The Fountainhead trail is single-track directional and you can get a good hour or two of continuous riding out of it. The loops are physically demanding – lots of ups and down. The trails are also beautiful and goes back and forth up the hills on sometimes banked turns, over streams and down near the lake. Truly a perfect and strenuous trail for an early morning ride.
Remember your tools to to make repairs – I suspect the bike repair stores will be doing brisk business this year solely due to the new Fountainhead segments. Below is a video from parts of that trail.
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