Relish the fresh country air? Leave the car behind and explore by bike. Northern Virginia offers an overabundance of scenic county roads that are perfect for leisurely afternoon rides. Or we can pack a lunch and you can take bikes to a nearby state park to ride and then picnic with the songbirds and wildflowers—or fall foliage, depending on the time of year. You can even bike to several Civil War sites or plan a day, or two, of winery hopping.
While there’s a certain sense of adventure in just setting out to see where the road takes you, a planned ride is also fun. The town of Remington has four marked bike routes that pass historic sites. You’ll see Civil War battlefields on the 11.7-mile Civil War Loop and historic homes and churches on the 10-mile Tinpot Turn. The 28-mile Bealeton Loop winds around Elk Marsh and the Mountain View trail travels 23.2 miles along the Rappahannock and Hazel rivers. Click here for maps.
Retrace a segment of the Warrenton Branch Spur Railroad on the Warrenton Branch Greenway, a 1.5 mile walking/biking path that is popular with families. Pick up the trail in downtown Warrenton at 4th Street near Lee Street. Meanwhile, an out-of-the-way spot that offers a bit of a workout is Whitney State Forest. While small, the park has approximately six miles of moderately challenging trails on mountainous terrain. If you didn’t bring a bike, contact the Bike Stop in Warrenton (540-341-7702) to inquire about rentals.