Fountainhead Regional Park

Fairfax, Virginia

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This ride's general location is 10 miles south of Fairfax, Virginia, in the Washington, D.C., suburbs. Scenery includes pretty woods and glimpses of Lake Occoquan. This single-track trail (a series of loops and connecting routes) was designed by mountain bikers who love challenging riding. With lots of short, steep climbs; stream crossings; plenty of downed trees and deadfall; and twists and turns that will keep your eyes firmly fixed to the trail, it's not a trail for novices. While not especially technical or rocky by Appalachian standards, the trail is still a nonstop succession of climbs, drops, turns, and obstacles that will plant a grin on the faces of intermediate and advanced riders. The narrow, mostly soft dirt trail passes through a lovely second-growth pine and hardwood forest. When not plunging through small stream valleys, the trail follows narrow ridges leading out to the shores of Lake Occoquan. The lake views are gorgeous and the entire trail system is located in a chunk of forest that imparts a felling of remoteness unusual in D.C.'s suburban sprawl. The trail doesn't pass any paved roads or private residences; the scenery is all woods and water.
Mountain Bike! Virginia

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Mountain Bike! Virginia

by Randy Porter (Menasha Ridge Press)

This ride's general location is 10 miles south of Fairfax, Virginia, in the Washington, D.C., suburbs. Scenery includes pretty woods and glimpses of Lake Occoquan. This single-track trail (a series of loops and connecting routes) was designed by mountain bikers who love challenging riding. With lots of short, steep climbs; stream crossings; plenty of downed trees and deadfall; and twists and turns that will keep your eyes firmly fixed to the trail, it's not a trail for novices. While not especially technical or rocky by Appalachian standards, the trail is still a nonstop succession of climbs, drops, turns, and obstacles that will plant a grin on the faces of intermediate and advanced riders.

The narrow, mostly soft dirt trail passes through a lovely second-growth pine and hardwood forest. When not plunging through small stream valleys, the trail follows narrow ridges leading out to the shores of Lake Occoquan. The lake views are gorgeous and the entire trail system is located in a chunk of forest that imparts a felling of remoteness unusual in D.C.'s suburban sprawl. The trail doesn't pass any paved roads or private residences; the scenery is all woods and water.

©  Randy Porter/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Fairfax
Distance: 4.5
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: Mid-March to November
Local Contacts: Fountainhead Regional Park 703-250-9124
Driving Directions: Directions to Fountainhead Regional Park

Recent Trail Reviews

6/19/2007
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Since DC does not have a lot to offer for mountain bikers I would rate this trail as the best in the area. The day I rode it was over 90 degrees and humid. The temperature made for an exhausting but enjoyable ride. None of the climbs are very long nor overly steep. Overall it is a lot of fun with varied terrain including some logs, plenty of roots and a few rocky sections, though nothing overly technical.


11/6/2006
0

Fountain Head is probably the best in the DC metro area. I have done MB races and adventure races here. I have never seen it crowded to the point were it becomes a problem. It you like real mountain bike riding, its a great place to ride.



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