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?”


Druid Hill Park view on Jones Falls Trail




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Mountain Biking Trail reviews near Baltimore

Parks and Trails in Baltimore

Rails to Trails in the Maryland area



The American Discovery Trail

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.

The Baltimore & Annapolis Trail

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.

The BWI Trail

Easy 10 mile paved loop  – just south of the City.

Cabin John Trail

Easy and scenic mountain biking in Bethesda.

C & O Canal

Unpaved trail – 184 miles between Georgetown and Cumberland, MD

East Coast Greenway

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)

Emmitsburg Multi-Use Trail

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.

Fair Hill

Fairly level mountain biking area.  See maps here.

Frederick Watershed

There is everything from Gambrill-style cross-country to killer DH

Great Allegheny Passage 

Together with the C & O,  it is now possible to ride 330 traffic free miles from Washington, DC all the way to Pittsburgh, PA.

Green Ridge State Park

A great weekend camping trip with endless mountain bike trails.

The Gwynns Falls 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.

High Bridge 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.

Jones Falls Trail

“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.

Northern Central Rail Trail

Unpaved trail from Cockeysville up through PA.

Loch Raven Reservoir

Park at the corner of Seminary and Dulaney Valley Road and ride miles and miles of Mountain biking fire roads.

Patapsco Valley State Park

Lots of challenging single track for mountain biking, as well as casual rail-trail type riding. See the DNR’s official web site for more information. You can read a trail review here.

Schaeffer Farms

An easy mountain biking area, a regional favorite, well worth the one and a half hour drive to Germantown.

Susquehanna State Park

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.

Western Maryland Rail Trail

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!).

White Clay

Incredibly fun and well-maintained cross country mountain biking area. See video Review.