Mason’s Woods

 

This is a favorite.

From the Franconia Springfield Metro, you’ve got about 5 miles of easy suburban blah, then you’re out on some well paved country roads, the busiest of which (Gunston) has a sidepath for a good chunk of it. Pohick Bay Regional park has a great picnic area right on the water. There’s also paddle boat rental and minigolf (and yet it’s still a peaceful place) if you want a break from riding. Gunston Hall has gorgeous grounds. High Point road, which takes you into Mason Neck State Park is everything you could ask for in a smooth, winding road through the woods — leafy canopy, singing birds, mossy shoulders, blooming dogwoods.

A little after you cross Gunston Road, you come to the Meadwood Recreation area, which has a quiet, extremely well maintained singletrack. There are some new fancy IMBA trails in this park too. Probably best not to try these on your road bike?

If you want to skip the dirt, just turn directly onto to Gunston Rd.

Important Reminder

Metro does not allow bikes during rush hour on weekdays. If you are planning to catch the train home after a non-weekend day of riding, make sure you do so before 4pm or after 7pm. I made this mistake. I wouldn't recommend it.