After several requests from others I’ve finally added the first Virginia day-trip to the site. I must give credit where credit is due, this was not my own discovery but a referral. It came via a business contact I’ve worked with over the years. Dave, if you’re reading this, thanks for the tip! He’s a Harley Davidson enthusiast, and spoke highly of this route. After driving it myself, I can definitely see what he liked about it. It has some elevation changes, some twisties, and just long enough to give you a sense of satisfaction.
Fairview Beach can be accessed from Southern Maryland (Crain Highway – 301) or Northern Virginia (I-95), and each starting point can be a trip in itself. Fairview Beach is nestled on the water in King George County, Virginia looking out across one of the bends of the Potomac River. Population is listed at 391 from the 2010 census, and consists of several homes, a convenience store, and Tim’s II at Fairview. The actual route is not a loop, but more of a “Y”, starting from either Fredericksburg or Southern Maryland. Pick your start then you travel E to W or W to E with a turn N to arrive at Fairview. The “Y” is approximately 21 miles, and should take about 30-40 minutes to navigate not including any time spent at Fairview Beach.
When I first explored this route I took 95 South to Exit 133A (Business 17 South) Fredericksburg. Headed East towards Falmouth,17 then turns into 218 (White Oak Road) which retains that identity for the rest of the route. It’s not until you pass Brookfield before you experience the first sweeper and it’s very gentle. Past the intersection of 604 at McCarthy’s Corner you start to ebb into the country consisting of some gentle climbs and plateaus heading East. You get the elevation drops past Fairview Beach by Caledon State Park all the way to Owens just before it joins up with 301 .
Route – Map View
Route – Turn-by-Turn Directions Not Needed for This Route
Distance: 21-23 miles each way
Estimated Time: 45 minutes without stopping
Twisty Roads: ♦♦
Elevation Changes: ♦♦
Places of Interest:
At either end of the route there are options, but obviously more options in Fredericksburg (W) than Owens (E).
Tim’s II at Fairview – Fairview Beach – 5411 Pavillion Drive, King George, VA 22485. Restaurant and bar with views of the Potomac River at Fairview Beach. I would suggest it for your first stopping point on the trip for eats if you don’t stop at Falmouth.
Rick’s on the River – Fairview Beach – 6338 Riverview Drive, King George, VA 22485. Unverified.
Normandie Cuisine – 6106 St Pauls Road, King George, VA 22485. Untested, and appears to be a carry-out and catering place, but hey, if you don’t want fast food on the 301 side this might be worth a try. If you let me know about your experience. NOTE: They close from August to September so call ahead if your going to try during those dates.
Fredericksburg – Mason-Dixon Cafe – Twenty Four Hundred Diner – Carl’s Frozen Custard – Olde Town Steak & Seafood – The Happy Clam – Sammy T’s – Multiple Others.