Maryland Bike Trails and Maps

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Length
Surfaces
Type

Anacostia River Trail

2.6 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Anacostia Tributary Trail System

29.9 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

BWI Trail

12.5 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Baltimore and Annapolis Trail

13 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Bethesda Trolley Trail

4 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Black Hill Trail

4.3 mi
State: MD
Asphalt, Dirt

Broadneck Peninsula Trail

1.2 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Capital Crescent Trail

11 mi
State: DC, MD
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Carl Henn Millennium Trail

10.7 mi
State: MD
Asphalt, Concrete

Carpendale Trail

0.8 mi
State: MD, WV
Crushed Stone

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

184.5 mi
State: DC, MD
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail

1.4 mi
State: MD
Boardwalk

Cross Island Trail

6 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Downs Park Trail

5 mi
State: MD
Asphalt, Dirt

Easton Rails-to-Trails

2.5 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Folly Branch Trail

2.9 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Great Allegheny Passage

150 mi
State: MD, PA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Great American Rail-Trail

3743.9 mi
State: DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
Accordion

Gwynns Falls Trail

18.9 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

H & F Trolley Trail

0.72 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Harpers Ferry Railroad Bridge

0.14 mi
State: MD, WV
Boardwalk

Henson Creek Trail

5.7 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Herring Run Trail

2.5 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Indian Creek Trail (MD)

1.5 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Indian Head Rail Trail

13.4 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Intercounty Connector Trail

8 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

John Overstreet Connector

1.5 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Jones Falls Trail

9.1 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Kendall Trail

2 mi
State: MD
Dirt, Gravel

Kent Island South Trail

5.8 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Lake Artemesia Trail

1.35 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Little Paint Branch Trail

1.1 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Lone Wolf Trail

1 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Long Branch Trail (MD)

1.2 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway Trail

2.5 mi
State: MD
Crushed Stone

MA & PA Heritage Trail

5 mi
State: MD
Crushed Stone, Dirt

MacArthur Boulevard Bike Path

8 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Magruder Branch Trail

3.45 mi
State: MD
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Marshyhope Hike and Bike Trail

2.5 mi
State: MD
Asphalt, Gravel

Matthew Henson Trail

4.5 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Metropolitan Branch Trail

8 mi
State: DC, MD
Asphalt

Middletown Road Sidepath

3 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Mount Airy Rail-Trail

0.5 mi
State: MD
Crushed Stone

Northeast Branch Trail

3.5 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Northwest Branch Trail

7 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Number Eight Streetcar Path

0.33 mi
State: MD
Crushed Stone

Patuxent Branch Trail

4.6 mi
State: MD
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Poplar Trail

0.9 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Rhode Island Avenue Trolley Trail

3.8 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Rock Creek Trail (MD)

14 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Rosewick Road Sidepath

5.2 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Savage Mill Trail

1 mi
State: MD
Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

Sligo Creek Trail

10.2 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

South Shore Trail

0.5 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

St. Michaels Nature Trail

1.3 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Stony Run Trail

2.9 mi
State: MD
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Woodchips

Strawberry Lake Way Bicycle Path

2.2 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Three Notch Trail

13.1 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail

19.5 mi
State: MD
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Trolly Line #9 Trail

1.5 mi
State: MD
Asphalt, Boardwalk

WB&A Trail

13.1 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Wayne Gilchrest Trail

1.2 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Western Maryland Rail Trail

26.8 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail

3.3 mi
State: MD, VA
Concrete
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
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...
MD 2.6 mi 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...
MD 29.9 mi 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...
MD 12.5 mi 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...
MD 13 mi Asphalt
Maryland's Ben Cardin C&D Canal Recreational Trail links to Delaware's Michael Castle Trail; both run along the north bank of the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal and meet at the state line. The...
MD 1.8 mi 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...
MD 4 mi Asphalt
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...
MD 4.3 mi Asphalt, Dirt
The Broadneck Peninsula Trail is 1.2 miles of asphalt walking and biking pathway in east Annapolis. The trail runs parallel to College Parkway, from Green Holly Drive to Old Cape St. Claire Road,...
MD 1.2 mi Asphalt
The 11-mile Capital Crescent Trail follows the former route of the Georgetown Branch rail line of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. It begins in Silver Spring, Maryland, east of the Rock Creek Trestle,...
DC, MD 11 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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...
MD 10.7 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Carpendale Trail straddles the North Branch of the Potomac River between Carpendale in West Virginia and Cumberland in Maryland. The wooden bridge spanning 386 feet across the river is a...
MD, WV 0.8 mi Crushed Stone
Following the Potomac River, the C&O Canal Towpath traverses the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park for 184.5 miles between Georgetown in Washington, D.C., and Cumberland, Maryland. For...
DC, MD 184.5 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
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...
MD 1.4 mi Boardwalk
Maryland's Cross Island Trail spans Kent Island, east to west, in Queen Anne's County, providing multiple points of access to everything from libraries and schools to ball fields and the waterfront....
MD 6 mi Asphalt
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...
MD 5 mi Asphalt, Dirt
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...
MD 2.5 mi Asphalt
A winding line of asphalt meanders between Glenn Dale Park in Lanham to Annapolis Road. The trail is sheltered amongst the riparian woodland of Folly Branch. At the north end of the trail can be...
MD 2.9 mi Asphalt
The Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) is an iconic rail-trail that runs 150 miles from Cumberland, Maryland, to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and was built in partnership between state agencies and many local...
MD, PA 150 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
The Great American Rail-Trail highlights some of the country’s most iconic landmarks, well-known geography and storied history across a 3,700-miles-plus route between Washington and Washington....
DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY 3743.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
Notice: As of July 2018, the western portion of the Grist Mill Trail is closed through spring 2019 for removal of the Bloede Dam. The eastern 1.5 miles of the trail remains open for all uses. See...
MD 2.5 mi Asphalt
Accordion
The Gwynns Falls Trail is a 19-mile continuous corridor connecting dozens of west and southwest Baltimore neighborhoods with parks, historical and cultural landmarks and the urban business district....
MD 18.9 mi Asphalt
Sitting on the corner of East Main Street and Alley 5 in Thurmont is a green and white one-story building. Murals decorate its walls, depicting the history of the famous Hagerstown and Frederick...
MD 0.72 mi Asphalt
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...
MD, WV 0.14 mi Boardwalk
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...
MD 5.7 mi 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...
MD 2.5 mi 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...
MD 1.5 mi Asphalt
Located just 18 miles south of our nation's capital, the Indian Head Rail Trail offers a unique natural outdoor experience, seemingly far removed from urban development and its associated chaotic...
MD 13.4 mi Asphalt
Maryland's Intercounty Connector Trail serves as an important commuting route across Montgomery County and Prince George's County. It gets its name from the Intercounty Connector (also known as State...
MD 8 mi 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,...
MD 1.5 mi 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...
MD 9.1 mi Asphalt
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...
MD 2 mi Dirt, Gravel
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...
MD 5.8 mi 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...
MD 1.35 mi Asphalt
This bike and pedestrian path threads through the park of the same name. The trail exists in 2 sections: the northern segment begins in the Fairland Recreational Park and winds south, eventually...
MD 1.1 mi Asphalt
The Lone Wolf Trail is a 1-mile trail in Anne Arundel County Maryland. The trail is connected to two already existing trails: The Strawberry Lake Way Bicycle Path, and the WB&A Trail. Although the...
MD 1 mi Asphalt
The Long Branch Trail is a neighborhood trail tracing the Long Branch Creek beginning at its confluence with Sligo Creek in Takoma Park, to Piney Branch Road in Long Branch. The trail is an easy ride:...
MD 1.2 mi Asphalt
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...
MD 2.5 mi Crushed Stone
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...
MD 5 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
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...
MD 8 mi Asphalt
This 3.45-mile paved trail follows the Magruder Branch creek, beginning at the Damascus Recreational Park on Kings Valley Road. It’s a relatively flat trail for most of its length, barring the steeper...
MD 3.45 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
The Marshyhope Creek is a 37-mile tributary of the Nanticoke River running from Delaware to Maryland. One of the towns it passes through is Federalsburg, Maryland, where a 2.5-mile multiuse greenway...
MD 2.5 mi Asphalt, Gravel
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...
MD 4.5 mi 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...
DC, MD 8 mi 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...
MD 3 mi Asphalt
The Mount Airy Rail-Trail will one day span nearly 4 miles across the town of Mount Airy and through a scenic, wooded area. The first completed section of the trail covers a half mile and is surfaced...
MD 0.5 mi Crushed Stone
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...
MD 3.5 mi 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, D.C....
MD 7 mi Asphalt
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...
MD 0.33 mi Crushed Stone
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...
MD 2.3 mi 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...
MD 3.5 mi Asphalt
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...
MD 4.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
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...
MD 0.9 mi 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...
MD 3.8 mi 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,...
MD 14 mi 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...
MD 5.2 mi Asphalt
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...
MD 1 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel
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...
MD 10.2 mi Asphalt
The developing South Shore Trail will one day stretch 14 miles between Annapolis and Odenton. It's also part of the larger East Coast Greenway, a widespread network connecting trails from Maine to...
MD 0.5 mi 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...
MD 1.3 mi Asphalt
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...
MD 2.9 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Woodchips
The Strawberry Lake Way Bicycle Path is a 2.2 mile trail that is located between Laurel and Annapolis in Anne Arundel County Maryland. The trail starts at Piney Orchard Elementary School, and ends at...
MD 2.2 mi 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...
MD 13.1 mi Asphalt
The Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail is one of the best hiking and biking trails in the Mid-Atlantic region. It allows for nearly 20 miles of flat travel, punctuated by a number of access points and an...
MD 19.5 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
The first thing you may notice about the Trolly Line #9 Trail is the boardwalk that curves between the bluffs of massive rock. The granite was hand cut in the 1890s when the electric streetcar rails...
MD 1.5 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
Central Maryland's WB&A Trail occupies the former Washington, Baltimore & Annapolis Electric Railway corridor—hence its name—for its entire route. The railroad operated electric commuter trains...
MD 13.1 mi 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 connects Washington College to the...
MD 1.2 mi Asphalt
Plan a full day (or two) for your visit to the Western Maryland Rail Trail (WMRT), a 26-mile paved route that will take you through several eras of American history. You can access this trail from...
MD 26.8 mi Asphalt
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...
MD, VA 3.3 mi Concrete

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Recent Trail Reviews

Western Maryland Rail Trail

great ride

August, 2019 by llmoyers

It’s definitely a 5, but the mile marker is only up to 23. I enjoyed it very much. Especially viewing the mountains and going through them.

Baltimore and Annapolis Trail

nice ride...pick your pace

August, 2019 by spicher113

I got on the trail after starting at the airport overlook. From there I went 7.5 miles out and back. Not ready yet for the full length. Only drawback is that there are many street crossings where you need to stop. Very well maintained and cert well marked.

MacArthur Boulevard Bike Path

Runners Welcome

August, 2019 by dvxprime

Is there an actual bike path? Yes, complete with posted signs and symbols (albeit faded) along the path. Does it run parallel to MacArthur Blvd? Yes, although the bike path runs out at the Exxon just before you reach the Pallisades in D.C. However, whether it is OFFICIALLY named the MacArthur Boulevard Bike Path I will leave up to the general public. Also, the actual eight mile distance strecthes from the Old Angler's Inn in Potomac, MD, to somewhere between Norton and Norfolk Streets in the Pallisades.

If you are running at dusk or pre-dawn when starting at the Inn, I strongly recommend some sort of personal lighting. The first canopy made the path DARK. Not even the light of a full moon made it through the trees. The path does have some gradual climbs and declines going both ways; you'll see more climbs starting from the Inn and more declines when you run from the Pallisades. The bike path is well worn, and you'll have to watch for tree detritus in some of the more wooded areas, but it's still in decent shape. Lastly, no mile markers of any kind. One-mile mark is at the tuen onto Clara Barton Parkway, four mile just before Cabin John Park, five mile at the Exxon station.

The Bike Path runs along MacArthur Blvd, which is a substantially wooded residential area. There is a public restroom across the road from the Inn; it was open when I finished my run, but I don't know if/when it actually is open. There are also port-a-Johns at Cabin John Park (thank you, God!), and two Exxon stations along the route (neither were open on Sunday morning, and no guarantees when they are).

Overall the course is a good place to pace yourself. The gradual climbs will tempt you into going too fast, and the declines will let you open your strides if you want to push for those negative splits. There is one big uphill/downhill in the vicinity of the Little Falls Stream Valley Park area that you need to watch out for, especially if taking it downhill. The cyclists don't start to populate the Bile Path until 7:15~7:30 a.m. on Sundays, and they are courteous to non-cyclists.

My early Sunday morning run on MacArthur Blvd was a noteworthy experience. yes, this is a Bike Path, but runners are encouraged to give it a try.

Accordion

Indian Head Rail Trail

excellent trail

August, 2019 by sixela72

Nice flat trail, good for families with wildlife and decent shade. There is one tricky place to cross a busy road. Otherwise perfect.

Carl Henn Millennium Trail

Sometimes Confusing Routing

August, 2019 by rickerw1

Trail conditions are great, but the route signage is erratic and confusing. The paved trail is broken up way too much by traffic intersections, some of which are really dangerous. Wouldn't take time to ride it again.

Great Allegheny Passage

This is the 4th we section of the GAP trail we've done. This time we started in Garret MD and rode to the continental divide. great ride. slight grade going to the divide but nice ride headed back. trail very well maintained..

August, 2019 by bpatch

This is the 4th we section of the GAP trail we've done. This time we started in Garret MD and rode to the continental divide. great ride. slight grade going to the divide but nice ride headed back. trail very well maintained..

Great Allegheny Passage

Bucket List

July, 2019 by ahaus

A definite on your bucket list! We rode the GAP/C&O from Pittsburgh to Georgetown. If you aren't a camper, the C&O requires thought and planning on where to stay. Riding both gives you a great perspective on different trails. When on the C&O, make sure you jump over to the Western Maryland Rail Trail for 22 miles, beautiful trail and a nice break from ruts and sticks (and turtles). Rode in late July, not many puddles.

Capital Crescent Trail

ROAD BIKE RIDER

July, 2019 by inga.blazio

I rode this trail from Oxon Hill Maryland through the Mt. Vernon Trail into Georgetown and it is a beautiful ride this morning. I road 30 miles that included this trail which is so so beautiful. Next week I am planning to ride all the way to Bethesda Maryland. I stopped at the sign that said welcome to Montgomery County and was told if I went 4 more miles I would have been in Bethesda.

Bethesda Trolley Trail

Pretty but narrow

July, 2019 by jacob.wolfgang.ward

Nice trail and is a fast and short connection between Bethesda and Rockville, but is heavily trafficked and narrow.

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

great trail needs maintenance badly in areas

July, 2019 by deborah.addy_tl

Rode the entire length a couple of times. Last time in June 2019. The first 10 miles out of Cumberland are terrible. If it has rained recently you will get muddy. When we went through it looked like they hadn't even mowed sections of it in a year. After that the trail had some rough patches but was ride-able. I would definitely not ride a rode bike on this trail, especially not with road tires. You need a bike with some suspension and some grip through this area. The Paw Paw tunnel was open when we went through, very interesting. Very rough and narrow inside the tunnel.
Don't know what you do if you meet a bicyclist coming the opposite direction inside the tunnel. Between Harper's Ferry and Brunswick they have resurfaced the trail and it was great. They need to put a ramp on the bridge to Harper's Ferry. We skip it as we don't want to leave our bikes behind and we aren't carrying fully loaded bikes up the spiral staircase. Fort Fredrick is an interesting side trip. The only reason the trail gets as a high a rating as I gave it is that there are free campsites all along the trail and historical markers. A lot of the campsites are by the Potomac river. They are very rustic just a picnic table, fire ring and Porta John. Sometimes there is a working water pump, sometime there isn't. I would suggest carrying a water filter, the water from the pumps is usually orange with iodine. They are usually quiet except for the occasional train. Along this trail you really can't get away from the occasional train. Also, bring bug spray in the summer if you are camping. You really don't need sunscreen, very seldom are you out from under the trees. There are huge trees all along the path.

Great Allegheny Passage

Great Trail for bike packing

July, 2019 by deborah.addy_tl

We rode the trail with camping gear and stayed at many of the free trail camping locations. I wish there were more of them especially near the southern end of the trail. There you have to pay for camping but it isn't much and the places are very nice. The trail is beautiful and shaded once you get south of McKeesport, North of that you go through a lot of urban and industrial area. It gets a little difficult to follow the trail through Pittsburgh near downtown. The area between Connelsville and Ohiopyle is probably the most scenic but I would suggest doing it early in the morning and on a weekday. It can get pretty busy on a weekend. The ride down the mountain into Cumberland is great if you are southbound. The ride up the mountain is strenuous if you are northbound. We have done it both ways. Cumberland has a great downtown area.

Jones Falls Trail

jones falls trail

July, 2019 by lnsmirkovic

Clearly marked and easy to follow. Paved paths mixed with park roads.

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