• Schaffer Farms

    These trails are a perfect example of mountain bike advocacy at work and the ones that set the tone for the future of mountain biking, not only in Montgomery county, but in many jurisdictions around the region. This ride is documented in Mountain Biking the Washington D.C./Baltimore Area and Best Bike Rides D.C.

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  • Patapsco Valley State Park - Avalon

    In Celtic mythology, the word Avalon refers to an island paradise. The Avalon area of Patapsco Valley State Park might also be thought of as a sort of singletrack paradise in the middle of two huge metropolitan areas.

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  • Laurel Hill

    The ride through the hills and meadows of Laurel Hill will take you through a parcel of land that was once home to a Revolutionary War hero, thousands of reformatory inmates, and a magazine of intercontinental ballistic missiles. This ride is documented in Mountain Biking the Washington D.C./Baltimore Area and Best Bike Rides D.C.

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  • Prince William Forest Park

    Within its 18,000 acres are 35 miles of hiking trails, gravel roads (perfect for off-road cycling). hundreds of acres open to primitive camping, and a scenic paved road looping through the park. This ride is documented in Mountain Biking the Washington D.C./Baltimore Area and Best Bike Rides D.C.

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  • Hoyles Mill Connector (HMC)

    The HMC is another trail crafted in Germantown by a coalition of various user groups, led in the effort by the Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE), to extend riding opportunities in the region. The trail can be ridden as an out-and-back or as part of a greater Montgomery County loop.

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  • Seneca Greenway Trail

    The Seneca Greenway Trail between Route 355 and Damascus Recreational Park is perfect for the beginner to advanced rider. This ride is documented in Mountain Biking the Washington D.C./Baltimore Area.

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  • Seneca Bluffs Trail (SBT)

    Conceived in 2011, the SBT was the result of true cooperation from a coalition of hikers, equestrians, and mountain bikers. The SBT can be ridden as an out and back or as part of a greater loop around Montgomery County MD. This ride is documented in Mountain Biking the Washington D.C./Baltimore Area.

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  • Chesapeake & Ohio Canal (C&O)

    Here’s a ride for those slow-twitch-muscle types who can ride on and on and on and on without so much as a need to stop and fill up the water bottle once or twice. The C&O can be ridden in its entirety (185 miles) in a few days, or can be used to connect several of the trails or roads documents in both of my books.

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  • Patapsco Valley State Park, McKeldin Area

    Located in the southeastern corner of Carroll County, on the border with Howard and Baltimore County, and at the confluence of the Patapsco River’s north and south branches, the McKeldin area of Patapsco Valley State Park is best known for its rolling, wooded terrain, smooth singletrack, log piles, river crossings, and great riding. McKeldin is also very popular with Equestrians.

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  • Fork Run

    The trails at Fork Run offer more experienced mountain bikers a challenging network of trails. If you’ve ridden Deep Creek Lake and tackled the distances of the 5.5- Mile Trail, then you’re ready for the tight and technical trails of the Fork Run Area.

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  • Emmitsburg

    Emmitsburg is slowly, but surely, making an imprint on the off-road cycling map. The new trails at Emmitsburg’s Rainbow Lake, coupled with the additional trails extending to the town’s community park, offer mountain bikers more than 15 miles of high quality, professionally built singletrack.

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  • Canal Ride/River Grinder

    Traveling first in Virginia, the course alternates between paved and unpaved roads, starting out flat, then rolling, before getting very hilly as it crosses over Catoctin Mountain. On the Maryland side, you can relax along the all flat, all dirt C&O Canal Towpath, which meanders along the scenic Potomac River.

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  • Fountainhead Regional Park

    This ride will take you through one of the region’s most successful off-road cycling projects. Originally conceived by a band of riders from MORE in early 1994, and redesigned with the International Mountain Biking Organization (IMBA) in 2010–2012, the new Fountainhead Trail is challenging, fun, and an incredibly rewarding system of trails.

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  • Seneca Ridge Trail

    The Seneca Ridge Trail (SRT) is one of the region’s new additions to the vast catalog of off-road riding destinations. This trail is pretty special, and bound to become a showpiece for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

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  • Frederick Road Ride/The Covered Bridges

    This ride will take you through some of Frederick County’s most picturesque roads, including through 3 of only 8 remaining covered bridges in the state of Maryland.

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  • Rockburn Branch Regional Park

    The Rockburn Branch Park area is an excellent place to introduce people to mountain biking. Its rolling trails give the novice to intermediate cyclist a chance to focus on developing skills rather than trying to make it up the next climb. The park is also home home to the award-winning Rockburn Branch Skills Park.

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  • National Harbor

    This ride will take you over the newly built Woodrow Wilson Bridge to one of Maryland’s newest and most thriving attractions: National Harbor. Along the way we’ll ride along both banks of the Potomac where the river begins its journey to the Chesapeake Bay.

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  • The Four Bridges

    From Virginia to DC, then back to Virginia and back to DC, and finally back to Virginia once again. Did you get that? This relatively short but entertaining ride will take you over four of the main bridges that span the Potomac River around the Capital DC region, two of which are National Registered Historic Landmarks.

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  • Montgomery County Back Roads

    The ride winds through western Montgomery County’s back roads and will offer you a glimpse into an area of the region that has seen very little development over the years.

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  • The Cross County Trail (CCT)

    This ride will take you on the Cross County Trail (CCT) from its northern terminus in Great Falls Virginia, to its southern end at Occoquan Regional Park.

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  • Meadowood Recreation Area

    This ride will take you through mature hardwood forests in the Mason Neck Peninsula. The Meadowood trails are a great addition to the region and offer options for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders.

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  • Mount Vernon Loop

    Everyone rides the Mount Vernon Trail out to Washington’s home and then back along the same route; that’s easy. Instead, for this ride we will head out to Washington’s home along the Mount Vernon Trail, but for the return we will ride
    through neighborhood streets, seldom using bike paths to make it a far more enjoyable (I think) loop.

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  • The Anacostia River Walk

    This ride will take you from the Capitol past one of the Capital’s oldest stadiums and next to its newest. Along the way we’ll get to see firsthand the revitalization of the Anacostia Riverfront, one of the region’s most ambitious urban river renewal projects. We’ll also ride past an old battleship and spin through one of the area’s hippest neighborhoods, Capitol Hill.

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Best Bike Rides, on and off-road, around the Washington D.C. and Baltimore Areas

Best Bike Rides D.C. and Mountain Biking the Washington D.C./Baltimore Area are cycling guides by local rider Martin Fernandez. The guides offer readers a comprehensive list of the best bike rides (on and off-road) around the Washington D.C. and Baltimore areas.

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Two Books

103

Documented rides

1385

miles ridden