LONG-DISTANCE RIDES, SCENIC HISTORIC PATHWAYS AND CHALLENGING MOUNTAIN TERRAIN — THE CAPITAL REGION HAS IT ALL. Cycling along Maryland’s Scenic Byways, Clark Vandergrift/Visit Maryland MOUNT VERNON TRAIL Uninterrupted views of Washington, DC abound on this 18-mile paved, multi-use trail stretching from George Washington’s stately Mount Vernon estate to tranquil Theodore Roosevelt Island. For a longer ride, connect with other regional routes, including the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, Four Mile Run Trail and Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail. GAMBRILL STATE PARK YELLOW TRAIL Featuring steep climbs and rock-strewn sections, the roughly 7-mile Gambrill Yellow Trail is a favourite with seasoned cyclists. Admire the beauty of northern Maryland’s Monocacy Valley and unparalleled panoramas of lush Catoctin Mountain Park, which is peppered with mountain laurel, flowering dogwood and other gorgeous blooms in the springtime. Virginia Capital Trail, VDOT/Allen Covey VIRGINIA CAPITAL TRAIL A paved pedestrian and bicycle pathway between past and present capitals Jamestown and Richmond, the 52-mile trail follows Highway 5 as it skirts the historic James River. Points of interest along the way include Historic Jamestowne, Revolutionary War battlegrounds and President John Tyler’s Sherwood Forest Plantation. Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia Tourism Corporation BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY This 469-mile National Scenic Byway winds through parks and forest, past historic towns and waterfalls, near many museums and wineries, and connects to Virginia’s famously scenic Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. Spanning the southern and central Appalachians, the parkway offers prime opportunities to see a wide array of wildflowers in the spring and summer, colourful foliage in fall, and spot wildlife like wild turkeys and black bears throughout the year. QUARTER CENTURY LOOP This 25-mile route from Washington, DC to Maryland’s Montgomery County leads road bikers to peaceful pastoral views and offers the perfect mix of uphill ascents and gentle rolling terrain. Connect with the popular Capital Crescent Trail near Bethesda to add variety to your ride.
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