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Hit these trails around Maryland to get a great view of the state from your bike.

By Chris Korman

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Bikers along GAP trail
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Family biking along the Star-Spangled Byway
Biking along the Star-Spangled Byway
Biking across the Monocacy Aqueduct on the C&O Canal Towpath
Biking Across the Monocacy Aqueduct

Great cycling adventures throughout Maryland

From two wheels you can experience Maryland’s history, be it the broad canal running beside the Potomac River, or a fort built to protect a young nation’s capital city. Cut through one of Baltimore’s famous urban parks and right into its lively Inner Harbor. Visit a museum full of artifacts pulled from a dig. Go to the coast where horses roam the beaches. Make sure your helmet strap’s on tight. There’s a lot to see!

Bike Trail and Tracks of Maryland Photo By: Allegany County

1 Great Allegheny Passage Bike Trail

Peddle the Great Allegheny Passage, named by National Geographic one of the “Top Ten  Fall Trips in the World”. Stunningly beautiful and stretching 159 miles from Cumberland, through Frostburg and West on to Pittsburgh, the Allegheny Passage bike trail uses historic tunnels, viaducts and bridges for a smooth, mostly flat journey through the Appalachian Mountains and friendly small towns of Western Maryland. More info...

C&O Canal Bike Trail

2 The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal

The “Grand Old Ditch” was built to connect the country; today, it’s a biker’s paradise with hundreds of miles of trail. The path begins in Cumberland, and includes several other notable stops, but it’s easy to take a self-guided tour thanks to a mobile app that explains the historical significance of selected areas along the trail. 

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The original fort here was destroyed by its own garrison in the War of 1812 to prevent its capture.

3 Fort Washington Park

Here’s another chance to experience history, as the bike paths will take you through the 200-year-old stone fort built to protect Washington, D.C. Plan your trip around one of the artillery demonstrations and other reenactments at the site.


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Location:
13551 Fort Washington Rd
Fort Washington, MD 20744
301-763-4600


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Adventure Sports Center International Photo By: Garrett County Chamber of Commerce

4 Adventure Sports Center International, McHenry

Set atop Wisp Mountain, this venue offers a bit of everything, from whitewater rafting to climbing to biking scenic trails around the 550-acre Fork Run Recreation area.

Seneca Trail

5 Seneca Creek State Park

This park features more than 50 miles of well-kept trails running along the scenic creek and around Clopper Lake. Stop off to see Black Rock Mill, partly restored with exhibits about the 1815 mill and how it worked, and the Seneca Schoolhouse, a one-room schoolhouse built at the end of the Civil War out of the same signature red Seneca Sandstone used to build the Smithsonian Institution’s Castle. 

Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail

6 Gunpowder Falls State Park

One of Maryland’s largest and most diverse recreation areas welcomes bikers for short or long trips. The Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail follows 21 miles of the old Northern Central Railway all the way to the Pennsylvania border. The refurbished train station in Monkton is a must-stop for visitors who want to learn the history of the trail, grab a quick bite or stop off at the nearby bike shop. 

Gwynn Falls Trail

7 The Gwynns Falls Trail

Want to really immerse yourself in the city of Baltimore? Take this ride. This quickly-changing trail covers 15 miles and connects to more than 30 neighborhoods in west and southwest Baltimore. Riders pass notable landmarks such as M&T Bank Stadium and the Inner Harbor. 
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This important site on the Star-Spangled Banner Trail was the location of the largest naval engagement in the state's history.

8 Jefferson Patterson Park

A series of trails runs through and around this park that is home to the state’s archaeology museum. Stop by the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, which serves as the clearinghouse for artifacts dug up by state and local agencies throughout Maryland. 

White Tail Buck in St. Mary’s River State Park

9 St. Mary’s River State Park

The 7.5-mile trail loops around the lake, home to freshwater fishing and some of the best bird-watching in the state. 

Wild Ponies on Assateague Island National Seashore

10 Assateague State Park

This place has it all: pristine beaches, wild horses, beautiful birds, and trails to challenge any cyclist. The island, a short ride from Ocean City, also has plenty of camping spots. 

Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area Photo By: VisitMaryland.org

11 Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area

Tucked in the northeast tip of Maryland, this area may be best known for its ties to horses and equestrian sports, but you can also find an approximately 80-mile trail system there that offers some of the best mountain biking in the state.

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Location:
13551 Fort Washington Rd
Fort Washington, MD 20744

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