Mountain Biking the Washington, D.C. / Baltimore Area
by Scott Adams & Martin Fernandez (Falcon Guides)
© 2015 Scott Adams & Martin Fernandez/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
We took the North Orenda Fire Road first. My son got tired due to the incline but stuck it out. We did not pick up on the cue that we could have crossed the South Fork of the Quantico Creek and continued on the South Orenda Road as there were no obvious markings or signage connecting the roads despite it being shown on the Park Map. Persevere, follow a foot path across the creek, and I think it will enhance this particular trail experience.
The Pyrite Mine Road was more exciting. We took the road to the end then walked the bikes Northwest along the Quantico Creek past the Cabin Branch Pyrite Mine. The changes in terrain and the views are very much worth the bike/hike combination. In addition, by walking the bikes on the hiking trails as we did, then looping back around to the Pyrite Mine Road, we broke up the normal monotony of this a non-loop road trail.
We plan to return to the Prince William Forest Park to ride more trails. The terrain and forests are absolutely breath taking at the Park. Richard Z.
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