Washington area bike trails: Some less-traveled routes for every skill level

Friday, April 30, 2010

Think back to when you were a kid. Was there anything more liberating than being able to hop on your 10-speed and pedal off?

Or how about that intense feeling of bliss that came from putting your feet up and coasting down a hill? You explored the world not through a computer or television screen, but on the back of your bike.

Well, the thrill is not gone, and with three feet of snow a distant memory and hellishly hazy, hot and humid summers not yet upon us, now is the perfect time to get out your bike and go for a ride.

We found trails for everyone: fearless mountain bikers, day-trippers in search of a destination, even kids with training wheels. Sure, you could try well-known trails (C&O Canal and Mount Vernon, just to name two), but why? Here's your chance to explore someplace new.

And while you're packing your map, water bottle and helmet, don't forget to grab the kids. Some of the best conversations occur while riding a bike. After all, it is hard to text or tweet while you are pedaling.

-- Amy Orndorff

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