Mountain Biking in Washington, DC
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RootsRated explores the best mountain biking trails in Washington D.C. From quick rides to all-day epics, let our experts help you find the perfect trails. Our destinations are chosen by outdoors experts who live and play in Washington D.C., so you’re sure to find the top adventures and maybe even a few local secrets!
The trails at Lake Fairfax Park amount to about a dozen miles of singletrack in the western suburbs of Washington, D.C. Located in Reston, Va., the park is home to a network of several trails that encircle Lake Fairfax and takes up almost 500 acres of land in busy Fairfax County.
Schaeffer Farm is a 15-mile mountain biking trail system cutting through woods and corn and soybean fields.
The park has about 11 miles of singletrack trails that climb somewhere around 800 feet, and the jagged elevation profile looks worse than it actually is. Still, the trails — which consist of a perimeter loop and a shorter one that cuts into the southern end of the park — are twisty and hilly.
Wakefield Park is home to more than a half dozen miles of trails in a network that is one of the best for mountain biking in the Washington, D.C. region. Roughly seven miles of trails wind through the wilderness and along a power line section that hosts several local races every year. The trails within the park cater to all types of riders, so it really is an ideal spot for anyone that wants to shred for a few hours.
The Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail travels approximately 200 miles and passes 19 different vineyards in west central Virginia, providing an excellent biking adventure.
The historic Shenandoah Valley town of Staunton, Virginia, is an excellent place to view the fall colors. With hundreds of miles of trails for hiking and biking—plus a wide variety of in-town amenities—Staunton is perfect for a fall getaway.
Virginia’s Eastern Shore is a natural wonder.
On a map, Mallows Bay appears to be just another insignificant cleft in the shoreline. But, beneath the shallow waters of this forgotten inlet lies the largest collection of decaying ships in the entire country.
Take to the road on your bike for full-immersion into the season on one of these top DC rides for fall splendor.
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