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Come in to the store and learn some of the great places Maryland and the surrounding area has to offer. One of our staff members will be more than happy to give you their suggestions and offer you some resources in our store. To get started check out the listings below. Check back often as we continue to add to the list!

Don't forget to check out our Cue Sheets for local area road rides located on the Home Page Menu. 

PAVED TRAILS - SURFACES

Baltimore & Annapolis Trail: This great local trail is 10 feet wide, paved and follows an old railroad route for more than 13 miles, straddling wildflowers and horse farms. Perfect for wheelchairs and rollerblades as well as bikes, it also joins the 12.5-mile Baltimore Washington International Trail, which encircles Baltimore Washington International (BWI) Airport. 

http://www.dnr.state.md.us/greenways/b&a_trail.html

The BWI Trail A 12.5 mile paved trail that encircles the BWI Airport. This is a very popular trail with many local cyclists. It can be easily accessed from the Airport Observation Area (which is a great place to watch the planes landing.) Or ask us about the best way to link the trail with the local back roads and make it part of your road riding.

http://www.dnr.state.md.us/greenways/bwi_trail.html 

W B & A Trail: Currently 7.1 miles in length and runs from RT 175 to the Two Rivers Community. This trail is easily accessed from the store via Waugh Chapel Road. It is about 2.8 miles from the front door of the shop with a wide shoulder to ride on to the trail.

WB & A TRAIL INFORMATION: http://www.aacounty.org/departments/recreation-parks/parks/trails/wb-a-trail/

http://www.mncppc.org/Facilities/Facility/Details/Washington-Baltimore-Annapolis-Trail-113

Cross Island Trail: Runs five miles from the Terrapin Nature Area to the Chesapeake Exploration Center at Kent Narrows. Walk, bike or skate amid warm and wonderful scenes of the Chesapeake Bay and local tributaries.  Click here for more information. Or here for the Maryland DNR information.

Anacostia Tributary Trail System: A link in the national shore-to-shore American Discovery Trail, provides miles of uninterrupted trails along the tributaries of the Anacostia River. The southernmost point of the trail is located at Bladensburg Waterfront Park and spurs extend northeast and northwest along beautiful stream valley parkland. The trail system's continuous greenway traverses a variety of natural environments including woodlands, open fields, and wetlands. Click here for more information and a link to a map.

Western Maryland Rail Trail: This paved trail begins just west of historic Fort Frederick State Park and follows an easy grade along 25 miles of the Potomac River. You can also make a circuit with the C & O Canal trail.  Click here for more information.

Oxford and St. Michaels - Located on Maryland's Eastern Shore, this is possibly one of the best places to ride in the state. This is a perfect weekend getaway area with great cycling and plenty to keep you entertained for the weekend. St. Michaels has some wonderful B&B's and restaurants to feed your hunger after a great day of riding. Be sure to check out the Oxford Bellevue Ferry while you are there. If you don't want to spend your entire time riding there are plenty of other activities close by such as golf and sailing. Below is a Cue Sheet from a local B&B on one of the basic ride routes. This area has also been home to the Bike Doctor Century.

Ride Description: Beginning in Easton, Cycling to Oxford & St. Michaels, Returning to Easton - 35.4 Miles

Cue Sheet

BEST SUITED FOR: Road Bicycles, Fitness Bicycles

FEATURES: Flat roads - wide shoulders in many areas lower traffic

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge: Get a bike ride in while viewing the salt marsh ecosystem. Ride follows a road.  Click here for more information.

Viewtrail 100: A well-marked, 100-mile route that begins and ends in historic Berlin. Flat lightly traveled back roads extend around farmland and the Pocomoke River State Forest. For more information visit the Worcester County web-site.

Charles County: A popular 23.4-mile excursion (45 miles round-trip) follows the escape route of John Wilkes Booth after he assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. Charles County boasts some of Maryland’s most scenic bike routes with light traffic, wide shoulders and many historic sites along the way. Route Information and map.

Charles County also offers a 30 Mile ride called the Amish Route, a 55 mile naturally Historic Route and the Heavenly Waters Route at 58 miles.

Charles County Rides: General Information

CRUSHED STONES - PACKED DIRT - UNPAVED

Allegheny Highlands Trail: Connects with the 180-mile C&O Canal Towpath. This trail follows the route of the former Western Maryland Railroad for 22 miles from Cumberland to the Pennsylvania line. It then links other trail segments all the way to Pittsburgh.  For more information click here.

C & O Canal Trail: Runs 184 miles from Cumberland to Georgetown on the old canal towpath. A peaceful, 10-mile “River Ride” starts at White’s Ferry near Poolesville and lets you pedal besides the Potomac River. Alternatively, some area cyclists take a few days and ride the whole trail. There's a lot of history and some great scenery along the way.

Click here for more information.

BEST SUITED FOR: Dual Sport, Cross Bicycles, Mountain Bikes, Fitness Bikes with moderate tires

Northern Central Railroad (NCR): 41 miles of generally level pedaling on crushed, packed stone. The trail is an abandoned railroad bed amid rural countryside. On special occasions the trail is kept open for guided moonlight bike rides.  Click here for more information.

Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenways Trail: Follows a scenic ridgeline above the Susquehanna River from the Conowingo Dam to Deer Creek is a flat trail suited to family biking. Learn More

OFFROAD TRAILS

Bacon Ridge Natural Area: The first publicly accessible trail has been built by the county (Anne Arundel) in the summer/fall of 2015, and is currently under a second phase of construction. The trail is located off of Hawkins Road, a few hundred yards past the overpass of 97. The trail is a 2.5 mile figure-eight loop. LEARN MORE

Patapsco Valley State Park: Nationally known for its advanced off-road riding trails, Patapsco is nicknamed “Moab of the East.” There is also a paved circuit trail to Swinging Bridge, a 300-foot suspension walkway crossing the Patapsco River. The park is a short drive from the store; take 195 away from the airport to Route 1 South, the park entrance is on the right. Feel free to ask us about our favorite trails and the current riding conditions—these trails are some of our favorites. Maryland DNR information on the park is here.

Rosaryville State Park: Rosaryville is a 982 acre day-use park and the location of the historic Mount Airy Mansion. Miles of trails for hiking, biking and equestrians are available for day use. This is a great place to take the mountain or cyclocross bike. The trail at the park is well suited for all levels of riders; it's some of the smoothest, best designed singletrack in the area. The main loop is approximately 10 miles in length. There's also an optional inner loop that's tight and technical, for those looking for a different challenge. To gain access to Rosaryville State Park, make a right turn into the entrance just south of Osborne Road while traveling south on U.S. 301. Maryland DNR information is here.

Harrington Manor State Park and Garrett State Forest: Offers some moderately difficult single-track and dirt-road riding. Follow your bike ride with a swim in the lake. For more information visit the DNR site

Seneca Creek State Park: The popular Schaeffer Farm Trail area has more than 12 miles of marked, off-road trails.  Maryland DNR page. Park Trail Guide is located here.

Gambrill State Park: This park near Frederick is popular with hikers and area mountain bikers. The trails are rocky and cover a lot of elevation change, making riding here both technically challenging and aerobically strenuous. See what makes advanced East Coast mountain biking notorious—and bring suspension and plenty of water. We suggest a ride on the 4.6-mile Yellow trail. Here is the DNR website for more information.

Greenbrier State Park: Greenbrier is located on the next mountain ridge to the west of Gambrill, between Frederick and Hagerstown. There are mountain bike races held here, and riding these rocky trails can be a lot of fun. The trails are well marked, and several maps are posted along the way. There's also a lake by the parking area that's open for swimming in the summertime. Click here for more park information.

Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area: Offers a huge network of off-road biking trails. Paths extend from each parking lot to join a 90-mile trail system featuring double-track for novice to moderate skills and single track for more advanced riding. Click here for more information. 

Susquehanna State Park: Generally fast and dry, these off-road, single track trails require intermediate skills as you navigate small creeks, hills and varied terrain. 

Green Ridge State Forest: Features nearly 100 miles of dirt roads and a challenging 11.6-mile wilderness loop with stream crossings, sustained climbs and steep turns. Several “easy-out” routes are available to shorten your ride. You may also enjoy a day hike on a new four-mile circuit trail. Or extend yourself on a 24-mile linear trail that stretches to 45 miles if you hook up with the C & O Canal Towpath. Park website. Mountain Biking Information for the Park.

Fountainhead Regional Park: Discover Fountainhead Regional Park, 2,000 acres of rugged adventures in Fairfax Station, Virginia. Whether you’re a cyclist, kayaker, hiker or miniature golf aficionado. Riders of all ability levels will enjoy the loops and features of our challenging mountain bike trail. Fountainhead Regional Park contains shared-use hiking and equestrian trails and provides trailhead access to the 19.7 mile Bull Run Occoquan Trail. Facebook Page Trail Information

 

REGIONAL PARKS:

L.F. Cosca Regional Park (Prince George’s County): Various single-track options. Learn More

Cabin John and Black Hill (Montgomery County) Black Hill Regional Park is a 2.3 mile loop trail located near Boyds, MD and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, mountain biking, and canoeing and is accessible year-round. Learn More

Rockburn Branch Regional Park (Howard County): Can link up to trails at Patapsco Valley State Park. Learn More

For more information on these and other great areas to ride visit Maryland Park Information.

OTHER WEB RESOURCES

This is a great local resource for rides in and around the Maryland and DC area. Great cue sheets etc.

www.bikewashington.org

Crofton Bike Doctor and E3 Inc. have not used these cue sheets or done all of the rides. Ride at your own risk and please obey all rules of the road. Have a great ride and let us know what you thought.

MORE IDEAS

http://www.bikely.com/listpaths/country/254/region/142

http://mdbikeroutes.blogspot.com/

Crofton Bike Doctor and E3 Inc. have not used these cue sheets or done all of the rides. Ride at your own risk and please obey all rules of the road. Have a great ride and let us know what you thought.

MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDES

Bikekinetix® is a mountain bike trails ride and resources guide to scenic, wilderness, historical or romantic cycling adventures in the Northeast U.S. and New England for experienced riders or beginners.

http://www.bikekinetix.com/

Maryland certainly offers an abundance of riding no matter what you are into. However many of us get the urge to explore other areas. Below are some links to get you started on rides in some of our neighboring states. If you have a favorite ride let us know and we will post it here.

PENNSYLVANIA RIDES 

Pennsylvania offers a lot of great places to ride check them out at:

http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/recreation/biking.aspx

Here is detailed information on riding in Pennsylvania Dutch Country:

http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/recreation/biking_dutch.aspx

Philadelphia and Its Countryside:

http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/recreation/biking_philadelphia.aspx

Northeast Pennsylvania Mountain Region:

http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/recreation/biking_northeast.aspx

Central Mountains and Valleys:

http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/recreation/biking_central.aspx 

 

RIDES IN VIRGINIA

The state of Virginia has a great resource for rides. Check it out at : http://www.vabike.org/links.htm

 

 RIDES IN WEST VIRGINIA

Check out http://www.bicyclewv.com/ for great information on all of the riding available in West Virginia. Many consider West Virginia a mountain biking mecca check it out for yourself.

 
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