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NoVa Epic- Northern Tour

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46.6 Miles 74.9 Kilometers



1,959' 597 m


-1,963' -598 m



Avg Grade (1°)


Max Grade (8°)

439' 134 m


150' 46 m


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The exciting 40 mile route of MORE's NOVA Epic, exploring the trails of northern Fairfax County

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The Northern Tour is a great way to learn some of the lesser-known trails in Fairfax County, get some great views of some of the last wild spots in Northern Virginia, and to see the connections between our trail systems in the county. Its a great adventure route right in our backyards that takes advantage of trail systems managed by Fairfax County Park Authority, NVRPA, and the NPS.

Need to Know

Portions of this route are on paved bike path and cross busy roads, so please take extra care when coming up on intersections, no matter how cross eyed you are from the hills!

The crossing of VA 193, Georgetown Pike, is particularly busy, but is only a temporary detour until the NPS's repair work on the Difficult Run Trail is complete.


The Northern Tour kicks off with a loop around Lake Fairfax Park in Reston, Virginia, where riders will be treated to classic northern Virginia trails and MOREs newest work alike.

From Lake Fairfax, riders will head out the Washington and Old Dominion Rail Trail (WOD) to the primitive singletrack behind the scenes of Restons residential communities. The next stop is Fred Crabtree Park, one of the county's hidden gems, for a ride through the best Fairfax trails youve never heard of.

Then its back to the WOD to Clarks Crossing, a park MORE spent time developing for the 2013 NOVA Epic. Just off the bike path, between Vienna and Reston, its a great spot to squeeze your after work dirt fix, and after taking this tour, youll know the way straight to the goods!

Once you wipe the grin off your face you'll be headed north through the Cross County Trail and Difficult Run trail into Great Falls National Park for a taste of Virginia history as you ride past the site of Matildaville and the Patowmack Canal.

A portion of the Difficult Run trail inside Great Falls is currently washed out, so we'll be detouring across Georgetown Pike to enter the National Park. Watch for traffic here!

On your way north through the park, don't forget to take in the views of the Potomac running through Mather Gorge along the way, a breathtaking and wild spot, you'll hardly believe is nestled right in our metro area. You'll have another dose of singletrack and river views on a hot lap of Riverbend Parks trails before you hit the turnaround point and start heading back towards home.

After a return trip through Great Falls, you'll be rolling back to Lake Fairfax Park to the Difficult Run and Colvin Run trails for your last taste of singletrack before arriving at the park proper, venue of MORE's NOVA Epic.

History & Background

This route is one of the route options for MORE's 2014 NOVA Epic, and was developed to link up and show off northern Fairfax's best riding spots by MORE's staff and volunteers.

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Feb 16, 2019
jacob Myers
Oct 13, 2018
Lane Blumen
Mar 10, 2018
Kevin Tucker
A little wet in sections that get sun and also some trees down from last weeks wind storm. Some cool dudes from MORE were out there today clearing tho 10mi
Mar 5, 2018
Rob Mansfield
Lots of downed trees across the trail
May 28, 2017
Adam Linstedt
Mar 5, 2017
Alex L.
Fallen tree
May 27, 2016
Mike Trumpfheller
Jun 1, 2014
Brett Liles
Great ride on a beautiful day

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Rodney Tanner
Bethesda, MD
Rodney Tanner   Bethesda, MD
I did a shorter (10 mi version) which was very nice - started at Lake Fairfax, wen east to Route 7, then south to the Washington & Old Dominion Trail, then back west to Wiehle, then back to Lake Fairfax - a nice ride that included a variety of terrains - some more difficult for a beginner like myself, but much of it manageable for all skills. Jun 29, 2014
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Anonymous User  
Semi-Noob looking to start up again going out today to check these trails out since fountainhead is closed. Ill share how it was on the return. Feb 8, 2015
How do you get turn by turn directions on your iphone thru the app for these rides?? Jul 4, 2018

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