Urban Trails, exploring Silver Spring’s trails

Exploring the Urban Trails of Silver Spring, MD.

This past weekend was the 2106 MORE Winter Party/Meeting and a handful of us had a chance to explore some of the urban trails around Rock Creek along Silver Spring, Maryland. These are a few of the snapshots from that outing.

While we hit some off-road tangents, the majority of this route is clearly documented in Best Bike Rides Washington DC, a ride where I take riders along the entire Upper Rock Creek Corridor to Montgomery County and back along the Mathew Henson Trail, a hidden gem in this region’s trail system.

About a dozen of us headed out from the Gwendolyn E. Coffield Social Hall in Silver Spring, MD and hit the CCT (Capital Crescent Trail – not to be confused with Virginia’s Cross County Trail) before joining the Upper Rock Creek trail. From there we meandered through some of the adjacent neighborhood trails and explored other portions of the famous urban by-way before making it back to the starting point and the festivities of the 2016 MORE winter Party.

BWI Trail

BWI Loop

The BWI Loop is an 11 mile paved trail around Baltimore/Washington INternational airport. The loop provides access to other paved trails, including the Baltimore & Annapolis trail, a 13 mile paved path that connects Annapolis and Glen Burnie.

Following Pete Beers to certain death along the Custis trail - Photo by Pete Beers

The Custis Trail

The Custis Trail, along Route 66 in Arlington Virginia, is a paved commuter way that connects the W&OD with the Mount Vernon Trail near Rossyln to the nearly 18 mile Mount Vernon Trail. From The Custis you can also access the Capital Crescent Trail and the C&O Canal towpath. The Custis is documented as part of several rides in <a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&index=books&keywords=9780762780815&linkCode=ur2&tag=fr02-20&linkId=Q3XHWJVQNRORXP2I”>Best Rides Washington D.C.</a>.

Loudoun County Roads

The Washington & Old Dominion Trail

The W&OD, or most commonly referred to as the “WOD” or “WAD” is one of the longest dedicated bike trails in the DC region. It runs for 45 miles from Shirlington, VA to the rural roads of Purceville in Loudoun County, VA. ALthough the trail is Paved, several portions along the way include parallel natural surface trails that serve both as bridal paths and mountain bike trails. Several other trails area also accessible from the WOD, including the Custis trail, Four Mile Run, the CCT and several other parks, including Lake Fairfax Park in Reston. Sections of the WOD are featured in <a href=”/product/mountain-biking-the-washington-d-c-baltimore-area/”>Mountain Biking The Washington D.C./Baltimore Area (5th)</a> and <a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&index=books&keywords=9780762780815&linkCode=ur2&tag=fr02-20&linkId=Q3XHWJVQNRORXP2I”>Best Rides Washington D.C.</a>. If you like beer, you should check out Bikeable Brews, a nice little site that points out all of the craft brew establishments along the length of the WOD…

Mount Vernon Trail

The Mount Vernon Trail

The Mount Vernon Trail is an out and back bike trail that stretches for nearly 20 miles from the Theodore Roosevelt Island, near Rosslyn, VA, to George Washington’s home in Mount Vernon. The trail is an incredibly popular outdoor recreational destination in the region. It is used year round by commuters and visitors alike. The trail is documented as part of the Mount Vernon Loop n <a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&index=books&keywords=9780762780815&linkCode=ur2&tag=fr02-20&linkId=Q3XHWJVQNRORXP2I”>Best Rides Washington D.C.</a>. Other trails are accessible from the Mount Vernon Trail, including the W&OD (via FOur Mile Run) and the Custis Trail along Route 66.

Gravelly Point

The Arlington Beltway

This ride will take you around the city of Arlington along three of the Area’s “backbone” trails. You’ll ride along a busy highway – though at times you may not know it – get a glimpse of some of DC’s most notable landmarks, and ride through what was once George Washington’s land and a prosperous railroad corridor.This ride is documented in Best Rides Washington D.C..

Riding in front of the Capitol

The National Mall – L’Enfant’s Grand Avenue

This ride will take you by some of our nation’s most iconic monuments and memorials, including the Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Capitol, and the White House. The loop is documented in BRDC.

Fairland Regional Park

Fairland Regional Park

Nestled along the border of Montgomery County and Prince George’s county is this little gem of a park. The trails at Fairland meander through a unique and diverse ecosystem. The off-road loop presented in Mountain Biking The Washington D.C./Baltimore Area (5th) will guide you through virtually all of the park’s off-road cycling trails. Two rides are documented in Best Rides Washington D.C., including a different version of the off-road ride and a road loop through the area’s neighborhoods.

Northern Central Rail Trail

This converted rail-trail leads its visitors across Maryland’s beautiful fields and meadows, past forests and rural farmland, and along the rushing waters of Little Falls and Gunpowder Falls. As you pedal along, you’ll pass through the many historic little towns whose whole history is based upon the corridor’s connection between Baltimore and Harrisburg. This ride, documented in <a href=”/product/mountain-biking-the-washington-d-c-baltimore-area/”>Mountain Biking The Washington D.C./Baltimore Area (5th)</a> is easy to follow and can be ridden by riders of all ages.

Burke Lake

This ride isn’t designed for thrill seekers and singletrack lovers. Instead, it reveals the lighter side of off-road bicycle riding, leading cyclists on a pleasant off-road trip past flower gardens and lakeside vistas. The mostly flat and smooth route is documented in both Mountain Biking The Washington D.C./Baltimore Area (5th) and Best Rides Washington D.C..