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post #1 of 11 Old 02-07-2012, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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Near the beltway...

So I'm fairly new to the area and am looking for some nice rides. Where are the best nearby roads? Are there any places close in for trail riding? Seems like I have to ride forever to get away from traffic...
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post #2 of 11 Old 02-07-2012, 09:08 PM
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Head west to the Blue Ridge Parkway. I used to work in Arlington and Alexandria and would head that way ocassionally.

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That is definitely on my list of things to do later this spring/ summer. I would love to take a few days to really enjoy it. However, I'm really looking for some curvy roads or easy trails closeby for a quick day trip. Any suggestions out there?

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From Fairfax, head south on 29 to Warrenton then west on 211 to Sperryville. From there, there's a whole world available, including 211 west over the top to Luray (not for novices!). If you look at a topo map there are fire trails and gravel roads around that don't show on the street maps. You can take back roads north up towards Front Royal & Winchester, then catch 50 east back in to FFX.

From where you are there's a lot available in a day if you get an early start. Ride safe!
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Thanks! That looks awesome. Even some streams to stop and fish along the way. I would love to check it out this weekend, but need to check the weather first- I'm guessing there may be some snow in those mountains...
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Since you just moved here - the BRP is a barrier that limits your east-west access from anywhere in VA. This is not always bad. My favorite weekend trip goes west across the BRP on 211 or 33 to an overnite in/around Elkins West VA, then back south & east from Elkins into VA on 250 into Staunton (very much not for novices). Do your map homework & there are back roads and fire trails to help you avoid the main road except for the passes over the top. From any of the crossovers you can hop on the BRP for a view that's a 10++, but the limit is 45 so you need to appreciate the view (it's worth it).

211 across the BRP is great, 33 across the BRP is nice but less challenging, but 33 west from Harrisonburg into WVA is fantastic and 250 back into VA is orgasmic. None of it is fun if you exceed your capability so do not rush.

From Fairfax, 1 day trips are nice but 2 day trips into SW VA, WVA, W MD or W PA offer anything you could ask for. Now go do your road work & tell us what you find! Hope to see you out there - Buckee
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Thumbs up You are wise to ask those who know.

Virginia is a wonderful place to ride.

Virginia is a terrible place to ride.

It depends on where you go, and probably when.

A few years ago, I wanted to leave Williamsburg VA and go home to Florida.
Head south? Well, yes, but the most obvious course led, via expressways,
to an endless string of cities. Thank you, I know what a Wal-Mart looks like,
and it's none too scenic.

I studied the map, and headed instead for the ferry to Scotland VA.
This choice was fortunate, because it led to secondary roads that went
southward but combined efficient travel with a scenic and pleasant ride.

There is a map entitled "A MAP OF SCENIC ROADS IN VIRGINIA".
I recommend it. The Commonwealth of Virginia provides this free,
for example at rest areas along Interstate Highways. If you are not
near one of those, visit Virginia Department of Transportation: Home
and you will likely learn how to get one.

If you want a longer ride, I suggest the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
There is a $10 ferry ride at the end, but motorcycles are treated kindly
by the ferrymen, as they seem to be throughout the USA and Canada.

Enjoy your rides. <- redundant advice, because how can you not?

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Awesome, thanks for the information. I look forward to getting some miles OUTSIDE the beltway i will likely have a few weeks this summer to take a nice trip. Anybody care to come along....
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I live in Burke and if I want a *quickie* I head down to Clifton, there are 5 different ways to get there. (Hendersen Rd. is my favorite) Get a coke at the general store. As long as you don't go during high traffic time, its a good 45 min. ride to get your juices flowing.
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I live in Burke and if I want a *quickie* I head down to Clifton, there are 5 different ways to get there. (Hendersen Rd. is my favorite) Get a coke at the general store. As long as you don't go during high traffic time, its a good 45 min. ride to get your juices flowing.
I live in Annandale, and one of my favorite loops is to take Clifton Rd through to Compton Rd, U turn at 28 and back. I don't think I've tried Henderson, will check it out soon.
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