Not too far outside of Washington, DC are some of the country's best bike camping routes. West Virginia has hundreds of miles of backcountry trails, rail trails, and Forrest service roads that interconnect to create many options for the beginner to the most experienced bike camper.
This route is great for the first time bike camper. It starts along the West Fork Trail, a 27-mile rail trail that runs from Durbin, WV, to Shavers Fork River, WV. Make sure to stock up on amenities, as there is little along this route to replenish supplies. The first day is about a 30-mile ride to your camping spot. Set up camp along the Laurel Fork River. The next day eat a hearty breakfast and start your 26-mile journey back to Durbin, or take another night and stop in at Little River Campground around mile 42.
Bike camping is a great adventure. This route can easily be modified to connect with the Spruce Knob recreation area or head to the Greenbrier River Trail, a 77-mile rail trail that runs from Caldwell, WV, in the south to Cass, WV, in the north. Your two-wheel options are endless.