Best Bike Trails In Northern Virginia

Updated on August 18, 2022

The Northern Virginia Bike Trails: A Guide to the Best Rides in the Commonwealth

Fairfax County can best be explored by bicycle. Travel at a speed that allows you to appreciate the sights you may have past many times sitting in a car but have never really paid attention to before now. For how long have you missed out on reading a commemorative plaque? Fairfax County alone has over half a dozen. Use Fairfax County’s great interactive map of bicycle routes to discover peaceful, tree-lined streets and trails. Many local bicycle shops sell printed versions of a bicycling map.

There are paved rail-to-trails for families with young children or novice cyclists, challenging curves on the Blue Ridge Parkway for more experienced riders, and rugged trails for adrenaline junkies in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, the East Coast Mountain Bike Capital of the United States, where families can enjoy a ride.

Find your next riding trip in Virginia by exploring the state’s many bike routes and events. When deciding on a route, use the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Bicycling in Virginia Map.

a triathlon around Smith Mountain Lake in North Carolina

Smith Mountain Lake Triathlon

First triathlon in Virginia’s Western Hemisphere is Smith Mountain Lake Triathlon. This year’s Smith Mountain Lake State Park Triathlon will be held at the lovely Smith Mountain Lake State Park. The start of the swim is on a sandy beach..

State Park at Smith Mountain Lake

Counties of Bath & Alleghany Middle Mountain Momma
Bath and Alleghany Counties National Recreation Area of the Middle Mountains of Momma Douthat
There is no better example of the best trails in Virginia than Middle Mountain Momma, established by the CCC in one of the country’s first state parks in 1998. 41, 21, 11, and 7 miles are among the feasible travel distances (elementary).

Bike Ride from Cap to Cap

Cap2Cap Bike Ride
Regular daily route along the Capital Beltway in Virginia
It’s back for its 17th year as one of the region’s largest cycling events, CapCenter Cap2Cap Presented by Dominion Energy. The Virginia Capital Trail, a 52-mile paved path that runs from Williamsburg to Richmond, is a popular destination for cyclists. There will be four…

Intolerable pain in the Allegheny Mountains a long-distance bicycle race

Agony in the Alleghanies Gran Fondo
The Chamber of Commerce and Tourism of the Alleghany Highlands
To ride in one of the most stunning Gran Fondo’s on the East Coast, visit the magnificent Alleghany Highlands of Virginia! The event’s name, “Agony in the Alleghanies,” is aptly reflected in the Gran Fondo course’s approximately 10,000 feet of ascent.. Accessible from a wide range of locations…

The Revenge Challenge of Benge.

Benge's Revenge Challenge
The Benge’s Revenge Challenge bike race takes place every year in Lee and Wise counties, and it tests riders’ endurance with a 25- or 75-mile course. There will be a 21st annual race in 2022. More information, including how to register, can be found on the event’s website.


On the way up to Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon to Theodore Roosevelt Island in Rosslyn is just over 18 miles away on the Potomac River Trail. From here, you can see Alexandria’s historic Old Town, the Navy Marine Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery, all of which are popular attractions in the area. It’s mostly paved and rather flat, with only one big ascent near Mount Vernon. Washington’s skyline may be seen from the Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial Grove and Gravelly Point, among other places. Entry points differ.

Park along the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad.

On its 45-mile journey from Purcellville to Shirlington in Loudoun and Arlington Counties the W&OD trail is a prominent feature. Walking, running, and bicycling are all welcome on the W&OD Railroad’s historic trackbed, which also contains a 33-mile gravel bridle trail for horseback riders. From the East Falls Church Metro station, the Custis and Mount Vernon Trails are also easily accessible. The places where people can enter the building differ.

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