Kickstands Up- Helmets On- Let’s Go For a Ride

For those of you who like to get from Point A to Point B faster than your feet can take you then you might be ready to get your bike out of storage and pedal your way around Northern Virginia.  Though not as bike friendly for commuters as other cities, the recreational rider can cover a lot of territory with a variety of trials and places to stop along the way.



Chateau in France

Back in the mid 90's my son and I cycled 300 miles through the Loire Valley in France for 6 days and you can get a bit spoiled by pedaling for a few hours taking in a Chateau or two and ending your evening at French café.   You won't get Chateau's in Northern Virginia but you can get national monuments, wonderful parks and a water views.  If you plan it right you can also get a nice evening in a Bed and Breakfast at the end of one of the trails as well.



Washington DC
For those of you who just want to take a short ride you might want to head over to Burke Lake Park and ride around the 4.7 mile dirt path.  It is an easy trail among the trees and there are plenty of places to stop along the way if you want to sit and take in the view. 

If you are a bit more ambitious and want to enjoy a view of the Potomac River and National Monuments in DC then consider heading to the Mount Vernon Trail which runs 18 miles (one way) from Mount Vernon to Teddy Roosevelt Island just across the River from DC.



Once you have explored Teddy Roosevelt Island you might want to use this as the starting point for your next ride.  When you are ready you can head out on the W&OD trail that runs run north to Whites Ferry in Loudoun County.  This 75 mile (one way) trip is all on paved paths that make up both the longest and skinniest park in Virginia.  Maintained by the Northern Virginia Park Authority the trail runs along the old rail tracks from the Washington and Old Dominion train system which was created in 1859.  Once you get to the end of the trail you might want to spend the night at the Norris House voted the best B&B in Loudoun County. 

Finally for those with true grit and gel seats there is the 184 mile Chesapeake and Ohio Canal path that starts in Washington DC and ends in Cumberland Maryland.  The towpath is rough made primarily of crushed stone and  this is not a trail to tackle if you aren't in shape.  You can take shorter trips along the trail if you just want to enjoy some of the local sites and I recommend that if your are just out for the day that you stop by and take a look at Glen Echo Park.

So park your car and enjoy a ride around Northern Virginia.  You can be as ambitious as you want to be and if you want to pretend you are in France then chill a bottle of nice bottle of Champagne before you go.




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Comment balloon 12 commentsCindy Jones • January 29 2008 07:15PM


Sounds like fun! I just noticed the days are getting longer and soon I'll be able to get on my bike after work. Thanks for the tour of Northern Virginia.
Posted by Greg Knowles Santa Barbara Ca. (Fidelity National Title Group-Santa Barbara) over 11 years ago
Greg-we did the 40 mile Fairfax County Cross Connector Trail in September and I'm looking forward to just a bit longer days to get the bike out again.  Thanks for stopping by.
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 11 years ago
Cindy, I love the W&OD trail.  It's great for bike riding, running, or just a stroll on a Sunday afternoon.  I've ridden from the trailhead in Shirlington out to Dulles and back in one day.  I've vowed to one day go the entire length out to Purcellville.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) over 11 years ago
Cindy~I love this series you are doing. You have made it so inviting to go for a bike ride (gel seat included) and enjoy the outdoor scenery along the way.  We have so much snow here in Utah that I don't think a bike ride will be doable quite yet. Burke Lake Park looks quite beautiful with a good starter bike ride of 4.7 miles. Just a side note: Your outside blog looks fantastic. You are an inspiring rainer Cindy.  Thank YOU!
Posted by Julie Neerings~Lifting Hearts ♥ Building Dreams~ (Agent Referral) over 11 years ago
CINDY - This was an excellent post for those that are biking enthusiasts.  I can't believe that there is a trail that it 184 miles long!  Have you ever done that one?
Posted by Adam Waldman, Realtor - Long Island (Westcott Group Real Estate Company) over 11 years ago
Brian-I did the W&OD from Teddy Roosevelt to Purcellville and back (2 days) a few years ago for a charity bike ride.  We camped at one end and then rode back the next day. 
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 11 years ago

Julie-Snow sports are okay too!  I used to ski (poorly) but now my sports are a bit more on the tame side.  Thanks for the kudos on my outside blog!

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 11 years ago
Adam-no I haven't even attempted to tackle the 184 mile ride.  The longest in one day was the W&OD (75 miles).  I do still harbor the crazy desire to hike the entire Appalachian Trail though.
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 11 years ago
Very cool post! I frequent the W&OD between Vienna and Falls Church and Mount Vernon Trail when I need a good hill workout. There are many running clubs and races throughout the year. One of my favorites is the National Capital 20 miler the end of September.
Posted by Craig W. Barrett, Hughesville MD Real Estate (RE/MAX 100) over 11 years ago
Craig-you're right there are some great riding clubs throughout the area.  I'm not hardcore so I just pedal along at my own pace/
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 11 years ago
Cindy:  Great post!  I'm looking forward to tackling our new public bike paths here in Rhode Island this Spring!  It's a bit early now but I'll take the February showers (over the snow) any day!  ;)
Posted by Martinelli Caputi, & Associates, Ltd. (Martinelli Caputi & Associates, Ltd.) over 11 years ago
Richard-can you put some skis on your bike and create a new extreme sport?
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 11 years ago

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