Happy to help!
My Wee has to make the trek in to beautiful downtown Merrifield every weekday so we're almost neighbors. I've been sorely tempted to test out some of the dirt sections they have going on with the 495/66 interchange rework on the way home.
You probbly know this route already, but for two rewarding and accessible dirt roads, get on the 66 out to Manassas and exit on Sudley Road heading North into the battlefield (exitv 47B, just prior to the main Sudley Road South exit into Manassas). At the intersection at Rte.29 with the Stone House, go straight and continue many miles NW through Catharpin until you get to Rte.15 (a 7-11 will be on your right). Go straight again. Once on the other side of the 15, Sudley road changes to Waterfall Rd and finally you're in for a treat...after about 4 miles you'll find Bull Run Mountain road which is an uphill, long semi-windy dirt and gravel road that follows the ridgeline. Good stuff. Heads into Landmark Rd and beware, turning right on Landmark Rd, it's paved but changes quickly back to hardpacked dirt and gravel.
If you miss the turn onto Bull Run Mountain Rd, about a mile and a half further, right after Creels Lane (which I don't
recommend since it's home to a very
fast and remarkably dedicated border collie, and isn't a through road, so you get to meet the collie twice
), is Bust Head Rd, which despite the name is the same kind groovy thing almost as Bull Run Mountain Rd. Both roads lead to excellent exploration territory beyond.
Just recently tried out Morgan's Mill Rd which is a steep-ish downhill dirt road that heads down from the top of Mt. Weather Emergency Operations Center (Mt Weather Rd). Thanks to the recent rains it was a tad exciting heading downhill in mud with ABS and worn street-biased Battlewings
:mrgreen: ...take 'er slow.
Also while the map is out...
Next up I've got my eye on Aaron Mountain Rd out by Massanova, south of Flint Hill. Looks like a hoot, can't wait to see it.
Woodstock Tower Rd. is on my local bucket list but will be after I get fresh hoops and
an ABS switch.
Happy trails and maybe see ya out there sometime