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Driving Directions & Parking

 
A "virtual race" has no official course. You are encouraged to run your 10K (6.2137 miles) wherever you live and on whatever route & terrain you choose! We are officially discouraging participants from trying to do their virtual 10K on the actual Greasy-Gooney 10K course in Browntown, unless they live in the immediate area. We know, however, that a few will want to run or walk the loop anyway, so we've provided these directions & instructions so that those folks will know how to get to Browntown and where to park. The most important things to know:
  • Park in front of the Browntown Community Center.
  • Do not block access to the fire substation behind the community center.
  • There are no public bathrooms in Browntown.
  • There are worship services at the churches in/near Browntown each Sunday at 11 AM.
  • The 10K start line is 0.8 miles west of Browntown on Bentonville Road (Rt. 613). (See Course page.) There is no parking there.
 

  VIRGINIA MAP
  Map of Virginia, showing the location of Browntown and the Greasy-Gooney 10K
 
 
 
  REGIONAL MAP
  Map of the area around Front Royal, Browntown, Linden, Strasburg, and the northern section of Shenandoah National Park
 
 
 
  MAP OF BROWNTOWN
  (Click here for a more detailed view)
  Map of Browntown, Virginia
 
Browntown is located at the intersection of Route 649 (Browntown Road) and Route 613 (Bentonville Road) in southern Warren County, Virginia, about eight miles south of Front Royal.

Parking
If you come to Browntown to run the Greasy-Gooney 10K course on your own, please park in front of the Browntown Community Center at 96 Browntown Road, Browntown, VA 22610. The community center is easy to spot; it's an old white schoolhouse with tall windows, and there's a large "Browntown Community Center" sign on the fence in front of it facing Browntown Road.
The Browntown Community Center
(IMPORTANT: The community center's gravel driveway is shared with the South Warren Volunteer Fire Department's Browntown Substation behind the community center. Please do NOT block access to the substation building or park near it!)

Should there not be room to park at the community center, there is a narrow parking area 300 feet to the south which is owned by the Baptist Church. If you park there, please be respectful of the residents of the adjacent houses.

All this can be seen on our Browntown schematic at right below; click here for a larger version of it.

There is nowhere to park at the actual 10K start line 0.8 miles west of Browntown. Do not try to park there!

Bathroom access
There is no public bathroom access in Browntown. Please do your business BEFORE you come to Browntown!

Sunday church services
If you come to Browntown on a Sunday, please be aware that worship services at the Browntown Baptist Church take place at 11 AM each Sunday morning. Also, the Cool Spring Church of God on the Gooney Manor Loop, located near mile 4 on the 10K course, holds Sunday school activities at 10 AM and Sunday services at 11 AM. So you'll encounter more vehicles in Browntown around these times.

Maps & directions
Online maps showing the location of the Browntown Community Center can be found via...
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  USGS National Map USGS National Map (road, satellite, topo)
  CalTopo CalTopo (road, satellite, topo, historic)
If you're using standalone map software or a GPS device to find the Browntown Community Center, the address "96 Browntown Road, Browntown, VA 22610" (or the decimal coordinates "38.81248, -78.23319") will get you there. (Note to users of Waze & other smartphone map apps that require a constant cell signal: You are likely to have difficulty getting a consistent signal in and around Browntown itself.)

While the specific driving directions provided below are quite detailed, getting to Browntown is actually not that difficult. For most of you, it'll involve hooking up with Route 340, following 340 to/through Front Royal, turning onto Route 649 (Browntown Road), and following 649 for 7.6 miles to Browntown. It's just that simple! (Folks coming from the southwest will take Route 340 to Bentonville and follow Route 613 [Bentonville Road] for 5.6 miles to Browntown.)

Note: Routes 649 and 613 are winding two-lane roads with many hills and curves. Some sections can be prone to foggy conditions in the early morning hours. Deer, bears, and other animals cross the road with some frequency. Please drive carefully and don't speed! (To emphasize the point: While driving home from pre-marking the course a couple days before the 2012 race, the race director just barely missed hitting a deer that leaped out in front of his car with no warning.)

Here are detailed driving directions to Browntown from various locations in the northern Virginia region:

From Winchester & points north:
Take I-81 south to exit 300 (left exit) and get on I-66 eastbound. In 6.5 miles, take exit 6 (Front Royal, Routes 340/522), bear right off the exit ramp, and follow Route 340 south into Front Royal. In 1.8 miles, turn left at a stoplight (onto W. 14th St.) to continue following Route 340 southbound. In 0.2 miles, the road will curve sharply to the right and become Royal Avenue (still Route 340!). Get in the right lane, and in 0.4 miles, continue straight through a stoplight to stay on Royal Avenue/Route 340. Keep going straight for another 1.8 miles through Front Royal, eventually leaving town and passing the entrance to Shenandoah National Park & Skyline Drive. Take the next left (at a stoplight about a quarter mile past Skyline Drive) onto Route 649 (Browntown Road), and follow Route 649 for 7.6 miles to Browntown. The community center will be on the left shortly after the speed limit drops to 25 miles per hour.

From Berryville, Charles Town, & points northeast:
Follow Route 340 south towards Front Royal. After going about 11 miles beyond Berryville, turn left at a stoplight at Double Tollgate (across from Dinosaur Land) to continue following Route 340 south. In 7½ miles, you'll pass under I-66. 1.9 miles beyond that, turn left at a stoplight (onto W. 14th St.) to continue following Route 340 southbound. In 0.2 miles, the road will curve sharply to the right and become Royal Avenue (still Route 340!). Get in the right lane, and in 0.4 miles, continue straight through a stoplight to stay on Royal Avenue/Route 340. Keep going straight for another 1.8 miles through Front Royal, eventually leaving town and passing the entrance to Shenandoah National Park & Skyline Drive. Take the next left (at a stoplight about a quarter mile past Skyline Drive) onto Route 649 (Browntown Road), and follow Route 649 for 7.6 miles to Browntown. The community center will be on the left shortly after the speed limit drops to 25 miles per hour.

From Leesburg & northern Loudoun County:
Take Route 7 west towards Winchester. Exit at Berryville to follow Route 340 south, then follow the "From Berryville" directions above.

From Manassas, Fairfax, Washington, & points east:
Follow I-66 west to exit 13 (Linden, Routes 79/55). At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn left, then at the next stoplight in 0.2 miles, turn right onto Route 55 west. Follow Route 55 for 5.3 miles into Front Royal (past Burger King, McDonald's, Spelunker's, etc.). Eventually Route 55 comes to a "T" intersection at Route 340. Turn left at the stoplight onto Route 340 south and follow it for about half a mile. After passing the entrance to Shenandoah National Park & Skyline Drive, take the next left (at a stoplight just over a blind hill) onto Route 649 (Browntown Road). Follow Route 649 for 7.6 miles to Browntown. The community center will be on the left shortly after the speed limit drops to 25 miles per hour.

From Luray & the southern Page Valley:
Head north on Route 340 for about 14½ miles to Bentonville, and turn right onto Route 613 (Bentonville Road). Follow Route 613 for 5.6 miles to Browntown, where the road comes to a "T" intersection at Route 649 (Browntown Road), just past O.J. Rudacille's store. Turn left onto Route 649, and the community center will be on your right in 500 feet.

From Harrisonburg, New Market, and the southern I-81 corridor:
Take I-81 to exit 264 (New Market, Route 211) and follow Route 211 east for 14.6 miles. About two miles beyond Luray Caverns, exit off of the Route 211 bypass onto Route 340 north. Follow Route 340 north for 13.8 miles to Bentonville, and turn right onto Route 613 (Bentonville Road). Continue on Route 613 for 5.6 miles to Browntown, where the road comes to a "T" intersection at Route 649 (Browntown Road), just past O.J. Rudacille's store. Turn left onto Route 649, and the community center will be on your right in 500 feet.

From Culpeper, Sperryville, & Rappahannock County:
From Culpeper, follow Route 522 north to Sperryville. From Sperryville, continue north on Route 522 for 8.1 miles, then turn left at Massies Corner to keep heading north on Route 522 towards Front Royal for another 14½ miles. Upon reaching Front Royal, turn left at a stoplight onto Route 55 west (there's a KFC on the near right corner). Follow Route 55 for 0.6 miles to a "T" intersection and turn left at the stoplight onto Route 340 south. After passing the entrance to Shenandoah National Park & Skyline Drive in about half a mile, take the next left (at a new stoplight) onto Route 649 (Browntown Road). Follow Route 649 for 7.6 miles to Browntown. The community center will be on the left shortly after the speed limit drops to 25 miles per hour.

How far is Browntown from...?

 
city distance est. drive time
Bentonville, VA6 miles10 minutes
Front Royal, VA8 miles17 minutes
Linden, VA15 miles30 minutes
Luray, VA20 miles28 minutes
Strasburg, VA21 miles40 minutes
Boyce, VA25 miles46 minutes
Stephens City, VA26 miles45 minutes
Washington, VA26 miles40 minutes
Marshall, VA28 miles43 minutes
Berryville, VA32 miles54 minutes
Sperryville, VA32 miles48 minutes
Winchester, VA33 miles55 minutes
The Plains, VA33 miles48 minutes
New Market, VA34 miles55 minutes
Woodstock, VA34 miles55 minutes
Middleburg, VA37 miles1 hr. 5 min.
Warrenton, VA41 miles58 minutes
Haymarket, VA42 miles51 minutes
Wardensville, WV43 miles1 hr. 15 min.
Charles Town, WV44 miles1 hr. 12 min.
Gainesville, VA44 miles55 minutes
Elkton, VA45 miles1 hour
Purcellville, VA47 miles1 hr. 18 min.
Harpers Ferry, WV50 miles1 hr. 18 min.
Culpeper, VA51 miles1 hr. 10 min.
Manassas, VA53 miles1 hr. 8 min.
Harrisonburg, VA53 miles1 hr. 15 min.
Leesburg, VA57 miles1 hr. 24 min.
Martinsburg, WV57 miles1 hr. 10 min.
Fairfax, VA62 miles1 hr. 15 min.
 
city distance est. drive time
Moorefield, WV65 miles1 hr. 35 min.
Reston, VA66 miles1 hr. 30 min.
Ashburn, VA69 miles1 hr. 35 min.
Dumfries, VA70 miles1 hr. 30 min.
Berkeley Spr., WV70 miles1 hr. 35 min.
Frederick, MD71 miles1 hr. 40 min.
Romney, WV74 miles1 hr. 40 min.
Arlington, VA73 miles1 hr. 30 min.
Waynesboro, VA75 miles1 hr. 45 min.
Washington, DC78 miles1 hr. 35 min.
Fredericksburg, VA78 miles1 hr. 45 min.
Hagerstown, MD78 miles1 hr. 30 min.
Staunton, VA80 miles1 hr. 45 min.
Charlottesville, VA81 miles2 hours
Rockville, MD82 miles1 hr. 40 min.
Greencastle, PA86 miles1 hr. 40 min.
Montg. Vil., MD89 miles1 hr. 40 min.
Chambersburg, PA98 miles1 hr. 50 min.
Westminster, MD103 miles2 hrs. 25 min.
Columbia, MD103 miles2 hours
Baltimore, MD114 miles2 hrs. 12 min.
Cumberland, MD114 miles2 hrs. 18 min.
Annapolis, MD116 miles2 hrs. 10 min.
Richmond, VA132 miles2 hrs. 35 min.
Lexington Park, MD140 miles2 hrs. 45 min.
Harrisburg, PA151 miles2 hrs. 40 min.
Kalamazoo, MI592 miles9 hrs. 50 min.
Edmonton, AB2371 mi.40 hours
Honolulu, HI4775 mi.(10:58 by jet)
Perth, Australia11506 mi.a long time!

(Disclaimer: The mileages and drive times listed above are rough estimates. Your results may-- and probably will-- vary! We've tried to err on the conservative side with the drive times. If you spot any glaringly bad estimates, let us know via e-mail.)

If you are left with any questions about where Browntown is or how to get there, just send an e-mail to co-race director/Greasy-Gooney 10K cartographer Karsten Brown!


The Greasy-Gooney 10K Web pages are maintained by Karsten Brown.