Bike Trails in Maryland

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  • Anacostia River Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 2.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Anacostia River Trail begins in Cottage City, Maryland, at the split of the Anacostia River into its northeast and northwest branches. Those traveling south on either the Northeast Branch Trail or Northwest Branch Trail can seamlessly join ...
  • Anacostia Tributary Trail System

    State: MD
    Length: 29.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Anacostia Tributary Trail System includes a number of trails linked together and managed by the National Park Service. The trail include: the Anacostia River Trail, the Northwest Branch Trail, the Northeast Branch Trail, the Indian Creek ...
  • BWI Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 12.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The 11-mile BWI Trail was primarily designed for area commuters; however, the trail also makes for a great recreation venue. Despite being close to BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport, much of the trail is mercifully peaceful, especially the segment ...
  • Baltimore and Annapolis Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 14 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    If you are looking to augment your physical workout with some intellectual exercise, look no further than the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail. The scenic, paved, 13-mile community trail is brimming with history lessons and boasts a solar system ...
  • Bethesda Trolley Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Bethesda Trolley Trail—also known as the North Bethesda Trail—is a 4-mile path linking Bethesda and North Bethesda, primarily by bridging two major highways. The trail occupies the abandoned right-of-way of the Tennallytown and Rockville ...
  • Black Hill Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 4.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt

    Black Hill Trail offers a wooded trek with gentle inclines through Black Hill Regional Park in Boyds, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. The trail is primarily paved, though a short section in the middle is unpaved and rocky. A good ...
  • Capital Crescent Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: DC, MD
    Length: 11 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel

    The 11-mile Capital Crescent Trail follows the route of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad's Georgetown Branch rail line of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. It begins in Silver Spring, Maryland, east of the Rock Creek Trestle and curves westward and ...
  • Carl Henn Millennium Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 10.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Carl Henn Millennium Trail is Rockville's bicycle beltway. The 10-mile trail creates a circle around the city, providing a safe and convenient way to get around town or enjoy a leisurely stroll. The trail was constructed in 2000 and was ...
  • Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park

    State: DC, MD
    Length: 184.5 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

    The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park (a.k.a. C&O Canal Towpath) follows the route of the Potomac River for 184.5 miles between Georgetown in Washington, D.C., and Cumberland, Maryland. Hundreds of original features, including locks, ...
  • Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 1.4 miles
    Surface: Boardwalk

    Between 1900 and 1935, the Chesapeake Beach Railway whisked vacationers from Washington, DC, to the grand hotels, beaches and boardwalk of the resort town of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland. Now tourists and residents alike can enjoy a different ...
  • Cross Island Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Maryland's Cross Island Trail spans Kent Island in Queen Anne's County, providing multiple points of access to everything from libraries and schools to ball fields and the waterfront. It's an impressively signed, well-maintained, beautiful community ...
  • Downs Park Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt

    Downs Park Trail is located in Downs Park on the Chesapeake Bay just north of Gibson Island. The 3.5-mile perimeter trail is paved, popular for walkers and cyclists alike, and an additional 1.5 miles of natural surface trail are offered. The ...
  • Easton Rails-to-Trails

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Easton Rails to Trails runs from Dutchmans Lane in southern Easton, Maryland, to North Easton Park—a large sports complex—over 2.5 miles away. The trail opened in 1998 and has been a popular local amenity since that time. Because it runs ...
  • Great Allegheny Passage

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD, PA
    Length: 150 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    Now the longest rail-trail east of the Mississippi River, the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) spans two states in its course along great rivers and across mountain passes. Running from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Cumberland, Maryland, ...
  • Grist Mill Trail at Patapsco Valley State Park

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Grist Mill Trail at Patapsco Valley State Park course for 2.5 miles through the heavily wooded park between Ilchester Road and Lost Lake. The trail is gentle and wheelchair accessible. It passes by the Swinging Bridge and Bloede's Dam. The ...
  • Gwynns Falls Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 15 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Gwynns Falls Trail is a 15-mile continuous corridor connecting dozens of west and southwest Baltimore neighborhoods with parks, historical and cultural landmarks and the urban business district. The trail leads a circuitous route through ...
  • Harpers Ferry Railroad Bridge

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD, WV
    Length: 0.14 miles
    Surface: Boardwalk

    This rail-with-trail bridge crosses the Potomac River near its confluence with the Shenandoah River, at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. A cantilevered section of the bridge allows pedestrian access between Harpers Ferry and the Chesapeake & Ohio ...
  • Henson Creek Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 5.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Henson Creek Trail is located in the southwestern portion of Prince George's County, Maryland, and connects the growing District of Columbia suburbs of Fort Washington and Oxon Hill with the bedroom communities of Camp Springs and Temple ...
  • Herring Run Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Baltimore’s Herring Run Trail runs through scenic Herring Run Park, centered on a tributary of the Back River. The winding trail follows Herring Run through a woodlands environment so peaceful you're likely to forget you are in a major city ...
  • Indian Creek Trail (MD)

    State: MD
    Length: 1.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Maryland's Indian Creek Trail is one of the shorter components of the Anacostia Tributary Trail System, but it serves as a vital link between the town of Berwyn Heights, Maryland, and scenic Lake Artemesia to its south. The trail runs entirely ...
  • Indian Head Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 13.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Note: Portions of the Indian Head Rail Trail will be closed until spring 2015 to allow for the installation of a reclaimed water line. Sections of the trail, including the westernmost five miles, will remain open at all times. See Charles County's ...
  • John Overstreet Connector

    State: MD
    Length: 1.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The John Overstreet Connector is a 1.5-mile trail segment that links the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail and BWI Trail. The short—but vital—trail is named after Overstreet, a retiree from Glen Burnie, Maryland, and a great advocate for bicycle safety ...
  • Jones Falls Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 9.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    When complete, the Jones Falls Trail will extend 10 miles between Baltimore's Inner Harbor and the Mount Washington Light Rail Station. Currently, a paved, off-road section runs from Cylburn Arboretum south to Penn Station. A highlight of ...
  • Kendall Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    The little-known Kendall Trail extends 2 miles south from the tiny community of Friendsville, Maryland, to the ruins of the former logging town of Kendall. The trail offers expansive views of the Youghiogheny River, which it parallels for most ...
  • Kent Island South Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 5.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Kent Island South Trail is one of two popular recreational trails (along with the Cross Island Trail) on Maryland's Kent Island, the largest island in the Chesapeake Bay. The trail runs parallel to Romancoke Road/State Route 8 for its entire ...
  • Lake Artemesia Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 1.35 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Lake Artemesia Trail—one component of the larger Anacostia Tributary Trail System—completely encircles its scenic eponymous lake in Prince George's County, Maryland. The trail is also a great starting point for longer treks, as it directly ...
  • Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    Maryland's Susquehanna State Park is recognized for challenging hiking and biking trails, camping facilities, rock outcroppings, boating, a museum and restored historical sites. But none of these outshines the Susquehanna River, which sweeps ...
  • MA & PA Heritage Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 5 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Dirt

    The MA & PA Heritage Trail is found in two segments (about 2 miles apart) through the wooded parks of Maryland's Bel Air and Forest Hill communities. The folksy sounding name actually stands for the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad, which ...
  • MacArthur Boulevard Bike Path

    State: MD
    Length: 8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The MacArthur Boulevard Bike Path follows the winding road through the communities of Bethesda and Potomac, just north of Washington, DC. Along the way, the path passes shops in Cabin John and Glen Echo, and provides access to the popular Glen ...
  • Matthew Henson Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 4.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Matthew Henson Trail runs along a paved surface (rough in places from tree roots) through a narrow band of forested green space between the Rock Creek Trail just south of Veirs Road and Alderton Road at Norwest Branch Park. About 0.5 mile ...
  • Metropolitan Branch Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: DC, MD
    Length: 8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Following the route of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's Metropolitan Branch rail line, the Met Branch Trail is a busy urban rail-with-trail that shares a corridor with Metro's Red Line, MARC commuter service, CSX freight trains and Amtrak. ...
  • Middletown Road Sidepath

    State: MD
    Length: 3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The 3-mile separated multi-use path along Middletown Road allows for safe recreation and transportation along the western side of Waldorf, Maryland. The trail begins just south of State Route 228 and runs to Billingsley Road, approximately 1 ...
  • Northeast Branch Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 3.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Northeast Branch Trail follows the levee along the—you guessed it—Northeast Branch of the Anacostia River from the Lake Artemesia Natural Area to Baltimore Avenue/US 1 (south of Hyattsville). The trail is one part of the Anacostia Tributary ...
  • Northwest Branch Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Northwest Branch Trail—an integral part of the Anacostia Tributary Trail System—runs between the Maryland towns of Hyattsville and Silver Spring, linking two bustling suburbs of Washington, DC. The trail is so named because it follows the ...
  • Number Eight Streetcar Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 0.33 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The #8 Streetcar Path runs just a short distance (0.33 mile) along part of the route of the former streetcar system that once ran between Catonsville and Ellicott City. The streetcar operated from 1896 to 1963. Also part of the same line is ...
  • Paint Branch Trail (Montgomery County)

    State: MD
    Length: 2.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Maryland is home to two Paint Branch Trails, this one in Montgomery County and another farther south in Prince George's County. This Paint Branch Trail offers a well-shaded, paved pathway stretching 2 miles through the northern end of Silver ...
  • Paint Branch Trail (Prince George's County)

    State: MD
    Length: 3.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Prince George's County's Paint Branch Trail (not to be confused with Montgomery County's Paint Branch Trail farther north) runs for 3.5 miles between Lake Artemesia and Cherry Hill Neighborhood Park in the Washington, DC, suburb of College Park. ...
  • Patuxent Branch Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 4.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

    The Patuxent Branch Trail is part of a 20-mile trail system over and around the rolling hills of Howard County that follows a former Baltimore and Ohio Railroad line along the Patuxent River. The trail begins in Savage Park. Follow signs ...
  • Point Lookout Railroad Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Grass

    The Point Lookout Railroad Trail (also called Periwinkle Point Nature Trail) follows a corridor that was cleared in the early 1800s for a planned railroad line connecting Point Lookout, Maryland, to Washington, DC. Active rail service came to ...
  • Poplar Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 0.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Annapolis' Poplar Trail runs for nearly 1 mile on a section of the old Washington, Baltimore & Annapolis right-of-way in the heart of Maryland's capital city. Although short, the trail is a vital part of Annapolis' trail system, as it links ...
  • Rhode Island Avenue Trolley Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Rhode Island Avenue Trolley Trail provides a safe pathway for students, from kindergartners to doctoral candidates, to walk and bike to school in College Park, Riverdale Park and Hyattsville. The short, paved trail (currently open in three ...
  • Rock Creek Trail (MD)

    State: MD
    Length: 14 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Rock Creek Trail forms a winding path, at times narrow, through the urban greenway of Rock Creek Regional Park. The trail extends between Needwood Lake northeast of Rockville, MD, and the Washington, D.C., border, 14 miles south. Although the ...
  • Rosewick Road Sidepath

    State: MD
    Length: 5.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The separated multi-use Rosewick Road Sidepath provides a direct link for both recreation and transportation between the southern Maryland communities of St. Charles and La Plata. The path runs immediately adjacent to Rosewick Road/St. Charles ...
  • Savage Mill Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

    The Savage Mill Trail in Savage Park travels along the rolling Patuxent River through the grounds of an old cotton mill. In the early 1800s, Savage was a major manufacturing center, harnessing power produced by the falls on the Little and Middle ...
  • Seneca Creek Greenway Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 22.1 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    Seneca Creek Greenway Trail was built by a coalition of organizations and follows the meandering Seneca Creek near Germantown, MD, from the Potomac River to State Route 355 (Frederick Road). NOTE: Only parts of the trail are multi-use; horses ...
  • Sligo Creek Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 10.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Sligo Creek Trail parallels the eponymous waterway from its confluence with the Northwest Branch in Hyattsville to just north of its origin in Wheaton in Montgomery County. Along the way, a number of footbridges cross back and forth over ...
  • St. Michaels Nature Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 1.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The St. Michaels Nature Trail skirts the western edge of the scenic town of St. Michaels, Maryland, which was built on the site of a 17th century Anglican church that eventually lent the settlement its name. Now the town is a popular tourist ...
  • Stony Run Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 2.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Woodchips

    Baltimore’s Stony Run Trail follows an old Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad line through nearly 3 miles of wooded stream valleys and small parks, providing a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The unique urban trail sits ...
  • Three Notch Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Southern Maryland's Three Notch Trail is a work-in-progress under the guidance of St. Mary's County and other stakeholders. When complete, the recreational trail will extend 28 miles along an abandoned Washington, Brandywine and Point Lookout ...
  • Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail (formerly North Central or Northern Central)

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 21 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Northern Central Railroad Trail, completed in 1984, is one of the best hiking and biking trails in the Mid-atlantic region. It allows for more than 20 miles of flat travel on the crushed-stone surface, punctuated by a number of access points ...
  • Trolley Line #9

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 1.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Boardwalk

    The first thing you may notice about Trolly Line #9 is the boardwalk that curves between the bluffs of massive rock. The granite was hand cut in the 1890s when the electric streetcar rails were built from Ellicott City to Catonsville. Today ...
  • WB&A Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 10.25 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Central Maryland's WB&A Trail occupies an abandoned Washington, Baltimore & Annapolis Electric Railway corridor—hence its name—for its entire route. The railroad operated electric commuter trains between its three namesake cities from 1908 to ...
  • Wayne Gilchrest Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 1.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Wayne Gilchrest Trail, which opened on Earth Day in 2012, runs along the southern edge of the historic Maryland Eastern Shore community of Chestertown. The trail is named for the former congressman whose 2003 federal earmark made development ...
  • Western Maryland Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 22 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Plan a full day (or two) for your visit to the Western Maryland Rail Trail, a 22-mile paved route that will take you through several eras of American history. You can access this trail from many points, but the main trailhead is in the quaint ...
  • Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail

    State: MD, VA
    Length: 3.3 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail provides a superb link between Alexandria, VA, and Maryland's National Harbor over the Potomac River. This well-used trail crosses on the up-river side of the bridge and the concrete path is wide enough to accommodate ...