Washington & Old Dominion (WO&D) Trail
Green Lizard is located right on the WO&D trail and we of course think it's a great resource. Many club rides originate near or at Green Lizard and use the trail to reach many different type of routes for many levels of rider. Often called the skinniest park in Virginia, Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Railroad Regional Park is a paved trail between Shirlington and Purcellville, Virginia. Run, cycle or skate the 45-mile route along the former roadbed of the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad, which runs through the urban heartland and into the Virginia countryside. As a former rail bed there are no grades above 3% except bridge overpasses. The W&OD trail has multiple parking areas, enabling you to jump on and off the trail at various points. The links below lead you to maps, parking options, elevation maps, and other info on the trail.
Cross Country Trail - Fairfax, Va
Fairfax Cross County Trail (CCT): A great trail for beginners and easy-does-it bike riders with a mix of paved and packed dirt sections that connect many Fairfax County and Northern Virginia Park Authority parks. [Caution – there are several street crossings in the CCT’s 41 miles of trail and much of the trail is best-suited for mountain bikes).
The multi-use trail’s northernmost point is at Great Falls and the southern end is at Laurel Hill. Between those points are many of the area’s best mountain bike trails. There are many parking areas adjacent to the CCT. Get a Fairfax County Bicycle Map at Green Lizard Cycling for specific parking areas.
Two of the country's best and most-popular bike parks are Lake Fairfax in the north and Laurel Hill in the south, with plenty of parking, easy access by car, popular amenities and great trails.
Lake Fairfax Park/Colt’s Neck- Reston VA
Lake Fairfax park is a very popular riding destination with a water park, soccer and Cricket pitches and more than 12 miles of singletrack, doubletrack and paved trails that connect the park with both the CCT and W&OD Trails. The park has a mix of moderate and easy trails and is very popular with Green Lizard mountain bike customers. It is home to an annual cyclocross race during the winter. The park entrance is at Baron Cameron Ave. and Lake Fairfax Drive with parking lots along Park Lake Drive. 1400 Lake Fairfax Dr, Reston, VA 20190
Fountainhead Regional Park
Fountainhead is one of the Green Lizard communities top destinations for mountain biking. It's fast and fun no matter your skill level. It is the kind of ride that keeps you coming back for more and being depressed if its closed, usually due to the counties no wet riding policy. The park posts daily status updates on open or closed on the Facebook page.
There are 14 miles of trails with skinny wooden bridges, off-camber switchbacks, teeter-totters, power berms and free-fall descents and some serious climbing for those looking for training for those epic events link the Shenandoah 100. Fun as it may be, you will wan to be cautious until you learn the challenges.
Fountainhead is a regional park, mountain bikers share the parking areas with hikers, runners, kayakers, archers, and a horse or two. Obey the “No Parking” signs. Good restrooms are next to the parking areas. There are vending machines just in case you forgot that bottle of water.