Where to Ride
The Baltimore area is really an under appreciated jewel for cyclists of all levels. From Patapsco Valley State Park’s legendary single track to the Baltimore county idyll of the Northern Central Rail Trail, there is something for everyone.
Other than hitting the streets of Baltimore, here is the answer to the question, “Where do I go to ride?” and “What bike do I bring?”
SITES WITH AGGREGATE LISTINGS
INDIVIDUAL TRAILS/PATHS IN AND AROUND BALTIMORE:
The organization building a trail to link the coasts, with info on Maryland’s trail, stretching more than 6,800 miles, going through 15 states.
A paved bike trail from Baltimore to Annapolis – you can use connections with the BWI trail to help you get there and make it more challenging.
Easy 10 mile paved loop – just south of the City.
Easy and scenic mountain biking in Bethesda.
Unpaved trail – 184 miles between Georgetown and Cumberland, MD
The East Coast Greenway is a developing trail system, linking many of the major cities of the Eastern Seaboard between Canada and Key West. (including Baltimore)
A good technical and rocky mountain bike trail about 1 1/2 hours NE of Baltimore. Please go to the link to read biking prohibitions during hunting season.
Fairly level mountain biking area. See maps here.
There is everything from Gambrill-style cross-country to killer DH
Together with the C & O, it is now possible to ride 330 traffic free miles from Washington, DC all the way to Pittsburgh, PA.
A great weekend camping trip with endless mountain bike trails.
A great green Baltimore City trail, “the Gwynns Falls Trail is a unique urban hiking and biking trail providing access to a scenic and historic greenway stream valley in Baltimore City.” Mostly paved, with 4 miles of unpaved trail.
A 31 mile long unpaved trail of crushed limestone, mostly flat. The park’s centerpiece is the majestic High Bridge, which is more than 2,400 feet long and 125 feet above the Appomattox River. Plan for the day, as it is over 3 hours away from Baltimore.
“Just as the Jones Falls runs through the heart of Baltimore, so [does] the Jones Falls Trail (JFT)!…. The trail boasts extra-wide sidewalks perfect for two-way bike traffic, wheelchairs, rollerblades or plain old feet.” Paved trail running North-South.
Unpaved trail from Cockeysville up through PA.
Park at the corner of Seminary and Dulaney Valley Road and ride miles and miles of Mountain biking fire roads.
An easy mountain biking area, a regional favorite, well worth the one and a half hour drive to Germantown.
Three mile north of Havre de Grace in Harford County. Mountain bike routes and a short road route. Here is the Grist Mill Trail description.
The Western Maryland Rail Trail (WMRT) is the area’s latest rail-to-trail project. This paved trail is located in the thin Maryland neck between Hancock and Fort Frederick, with lose proximity to I-70 and the C&O towpath, which, if added, can make a really nice loop ride (up to 40 miles!).
Incredibly fun and well-maintained cross country mountain biking area. See video Review.