I recently purchased my first ever road bike (have been a MTBer for a few years) and so far pretty much all of my rides have been on the MUPs in NoVa (W&OD and Mt. Vernon). I'm getting bored with those trails, and riding these on the weekends is a nightmare with all the families walking 3 wide with their dogs and strollers and kids running all over the place.
Can anyone suggest any road routes in NoVa, preferably within 30-45 minute drive from the Beltway/Mixing Bowl area? I'm looking for something as rural as possible that will be safe for me to get some experience on and not have too much traffic to contend with. I'm fairly new to the area and rarely get outside of the Beltway, so I'm pretty clueless.
One place I'm considering is down in Prince William Forest Park, the last time I was down there I saw several people on road bikes riding the roads through the park, but I'm not sure what kind of mileage one could get in there.