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Join Date: May 2005
Location: Falls Church, VA
Bikes: Trek 750
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This is a pretty good area for biking, road and path.
August is a pretty hot/humid month here. I usually finish my rides by midday to keep from melting.
C&O is a nice ride, but it is a lot of the same if you do the whole length. DC to Great Falls on the C&O and MacArthur Blvd back gives you a nice variety. Make sure you stop at both Chain Bridge (look north up the Mather Gorge) and Widewater (IMO one of the prettiest spots on the C&O) as well as Great Falls, and on the way back stop at Great Falls Tavern, the abandon gold mines (at the entrance to Great Falls Park) and Glen Echo.
Other nice areas on the canal are around Harper's Ferry, Antietam Battlefield and along the Western Maryland Rail Trail.
Other good trails are the Mount Vernon (along the river to ..... Mount Vernon) and the W&OD (Alexandria to Purcelville)
Another popular trail is the Capital Crescent, Georgetown to Bethesda. Nice ride but can be crowded. Can be combined with Beach Drive and Rock Creek for a 20 mile loop. But I like to just ride up Beach Drive and Rock Creek Trail to Lake Needwood in Rockville. If you start in Georgetown it's about 50 miles r/t.
There is also good rural road riding near by: Loudon County, Faquier county, upper Montgomery County, Anne Arundel and lower Prince George County. Maybe a ride around, and up Sugar Loaf Mountain.