This ride begins anywhere in the
Kingstowne/Rose Hill/Bush Hill/Franconia area of Lee District. The
Starting Point is the intersection of Manchester Lakes Blvd and Beulah
St, near the Manchester Lakes Shopping Center. You can ride your bike to the
Starting Point, or use your car to drive to a convenient drop-off place.
The link below takes you to the Source Map on Microsoft Expedia.com. You can
make your own custom map!
Starting Point: Beulah Street and Manchester Lakes
Blvd (a.k.a. Kingstowne). The shopping center area has apres-bike
eating opportunities. Be careful about parking in business lots because
you could be mistaken for a commuter. Weekend riders will find a
convenient school lot just down Beulah Street.
Miles: 0.00 Time: 0:00
Telegraph Road: The intersection of Telegraph Road
and Beulah Street has the Kingstowne Library (another possible drop-off
point). Across the way is Fort Belvior. This gate is closed, but we are
working on that problem.
Direction: Right Turn
Miles: 2.2 Time: 0:15
Pohick Church: The shady tunnel you see across the
Richmond Highway (Route 1) intersection is Old Colchester Road. You
have already passed Davidson Army Airfield and climbed a steep half-mile
grade. Cross Route 1 at the light and spend a few minutes in the shade.
Ahead of you is an unusual (for Fairfax County) wooden plank bridge.
Direction: Straight Across Richmond Highway.
Miles: 3.4 Time: 20 Minutes
Intersection Gunston Road: Now you have to make a
choice: Straight or Left? Tell you what: Let's Do Both! A Left Turn
takes you past a huge field that is sometimes used for equestrian
events. This is an old Fairfax County farm operated by the Bureau of Land
Management. It will be on your right for about two miles. Gunston Road,
you'll notice, has no shoulders. It feeds residential and recreational
areas. You'll be sharing the road with trucks hauling huge boat trailers.
Stay to the right, stay alert, but don't be too worried about it. Gunston
Road is a popular bicycle route.
Direction: Left Turn
Miles: 1.9 Time: 15 Minutes
Pohick Bay Regional Park: The park has everything:
a swimming pool, campsites, picnic sites, a boat launching ramp, and most
unusual, sunfish sailboat rentals! This is a great destination! Pack in a
picnic lunch and spend the day. This park is run by the Northern Virginia
Regional Park Authority. For more information about Pohick Bay, click
Note: Don't get confused! You are going to pass the Golf Course
entrance on your left before you reach the Park itself. The Park entrance
is about a mile past the Golf Course.
Direction: Left Turn into Park
Miles: 3.15 Time: 20 Minutes
The Occoquan: So what would have happened if at
Number 4, you went straight instead of turning left? You'd have ended up
at the Occoquan River! It is a pretty ride, but the last bit of it ( i.e.
the last 100 yards) is pretty junky. On the other hand, it is the river,
and there is a marina down there. I know you won't think that the
ride is complete until you see the water! As you continue down Old
Colchester Road, you'll pass Mason Neck West Park on your left. There is a
porta-pottie there, but no telephone or water. A little less than a mile
later, Old Colchester Road appears to suddenly bend to the left. Actually,
Old Colchester Road goes straight ahead across the intersection. You are
crossing Furnace Road, which goes to Lorton, and of all places, to the
Lazy Susan Dinner Theater. I'll be writing more about this in the future.
After you cross Furnace Road, look for a particularly prominent white
house with a stone foundation on your right. Don't you wish you had a
place like that? Later, on your left, you'll see what appears to be a wide
driveway for a large house. Actually, it is the entrance to a private
marina. I'll report more about it in the future. A little later, the road
ends right into the Occoquan itself. On your right is a railroad bridge
and a highway bridge for Route 1. Further upstream are the I-95 river
Direction: Turn around and Go Back!
Miles: 1.71 Time: 15 Minutes (from Marker #4)
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