Maryland Mountain Biking Trails and Maps

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Catonsville Short Line Trail

1.4 mi
State: MD
Dirt, Gravel

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

184.5 mi
State: DC, MD
Brick, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Cross Island Trail

6 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

John Overstreet Connector

1.5 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Lake Artemesia Trail

1.35 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway Trail

2.5 mi
State: MD
Crushed Stone

Mount Airy Rail-Trail

0.5 mi
State: MD
Crushed Stone

Northeast Branch Trail

3.5 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Patuxent Branch Trail

4.6 mi
State: MD
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Point Lookout Railroad Trail

1 mi
State: MD
Dirt, Grass

Savage Mill Trail

1 mi
State: MD
Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

St. Mary's River State Park

7.5 mi
State: MD
Dirt

Stony Run Trail

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

Western Maryland Rail Trail

26.8 mi
State: MD
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Catonsville Short Line Trail follows a segment of the former Catonsville Short Line Railroad, which ran from Charlestown to Catonsville. As of 2018, the trail runs between Shady Nook Avenue and...
MD 1.4 mi Dirt, Gravel
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 Brick, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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...
MD 1 mi Dirt, Grass
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
Nestled amongst the trees of St. Mary's River State Park, trail-goers will find an 8-mile path that loops around St. Mary's Lake, offering beautiful natural scenery and the chance to catch a glimpse...
MD 7.5 mi Dirt
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
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

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Recent Trail Reviews

Northwest Branch Trail

Nice ride through the woods at the end

September, 2019 by bojang32

Miles 0 - 4.5 are meh in my opinion. You pass some neighborhoods along the way and a few small parks and have to cross a couple of busy roads. Personally, I really enjoyed the ride through the woods along the NW Branch Anacostia River starting at about mile 4.5 (Adelphi Manor Park) which made the ride worth it for me. The paved trail kind of abruptly ends at mile 7.

I would recommend not going past mile 6 as the trail conditions deteriorate pretty badly after that. You aren't really missing anything between miles 6 and 7 besides a really bumpy ride. I can see how another reviewer thought the woods were a bit eerie, but I thought it was a nice surprise when I reached that point particularly enjoying the river view.

On a side note, around the start of the trail there is a bakery right when you cross Rhode Island Avenue that's pretty highly rated if you want a quick pitstop.

Northeast Branch Trail

Nice easy ride

September, 2019 by bojang32

I like to use this trail for a nice easy ride between Lake Artemesia in College Park and the Bladensburg Waterfront Park (about a mile past the beginning (mile 0) following the Anacostia River Trail), both beautiful locations to enjoy. It's less than 10 miles round trip. Personally, I like the long straightaway between about mile 0.5 and mile 1.5 which is kind of through an open field. It connects to several other trails in the Anacostia Tributary Trail System. Well paved and quiet with a couple small road crossings.

Great Allegheny Passage

Great Bike Trail!!!

September, 2019 by daysofourlives84

Brings back a lot of childhood memories, I was always riding my bike on this trial, started the trial in West Newton, PA!!!

Accordion

Baltimore and Annapolis Trail

Paved, wide trail - loved it

September, 2019 by amyking1530

We parked at Pasadena and rode towards Annapolis. The trail is extremely well maintained and smooth. We stopped at 450, as we didn't want to ride on a busy road, and headed back to Pasadena. Great tacos at the Taphouse right next to the Pasadena parking lot!

Capital Crescent Trail

excellent

September, 2019 by kathleenfcampbell

A well-maintainrd and beautiful bike ride in a large metropolitan area.

Indian Head Rail Trail

A grand day out!

September, 2019 by crthorne

Rode this trail on weekday. Very little traffic on the trail. Great paved surface. Pleasant countryside to ride through. Wonderful lunch and coffee at Clarity Coffee House in Indian Head.

Parked at route 224, rode to White Plains first then back to Indian Head for lunch. Final three miles back to the car afterwards.

Three Notch Trail

Great Ride

September, 2019 by jzamostny64

We rode from Welcome center to the Laurel Grove / Baggett Park trail head. 17.5 mile round trip. Nice ride, some nice sights and some shade. Not crowded. Would recommend and will do it again.

Western Maryland Rail Trail

PAVED!

September, 2019 by tappindiva

I enjoyed this trail so much! I can say we road to the 12.5 mile marker and it was paved all the way through. There was slight elevation, but not enough to notice. There were signs all along the way talking about the Rail Line and also mile markers every mile. There are some decent bumps in the pavement from tree roots growing under the trail but not enough to deter riders but sure does hurt your bum if you're talking and not expecting it! All in all, a lovely paved trail and I would drive 2 hours all over again just to ride it! Fair warning, the bathrooms at the Big Pool trailhead are a little bit like walking into a gas station bathroom off the beaten path...but I survived!

Indian Head Rail Trail

A delight

September, 2019 by c8

Rode it today on the last day of August under beautiful blue sky for the first time. I was delighted by this trail. It's well-kept and I really can't add any more than what others have written: party shaded, ride thru woods, wetlands and two spots of farmland. I started riding this Saturday morning, the Labor Day weekend, at 9:40 a.m. I expected the Village Green Park parking lot to be chock-full of people on such a great day and for a three-day weekend. Nope. There were about five other cars, with barely anyone around. While there were usually people in sight on the trail, it was not crowded at all, which made for a great ride if volume of trail traffic is a concern of yours. I think the signage is horrible if you start from the Village Green parking lot. There actually was one other person at the lot when I arrived who kindly offered to let me trail him as he biked to the trailhead. The web site for Chas. Co. Parks says to follow the signs from the park to the trail, but I saw none whatsoever. You bike to just in front of the naval air station entrance and take a left for a short ride up the street and the trailhead is on your left. I give it five stars b/c the scenery was varied and enjoyable; the trail is well-kept; and trail traffic is light.

WB&A Trail

WB&A Trail Review

August, 2019 by colavs80004

Nice trail! Lots of bridges, overpasses and tunnels, if you enjoy seeing those things. I do! It goes through a lot of residential areas for easy access.

Western Maryland Rail Trail

western MD rail trail

August, 2019 by rhon22jp

Excellent. Rode from Little Orleans to Hancock. Small area of gravel but mostly asphalt.

Great Allegheny Passage

GAP trail

August, 2019 by rhon22jp

Rode from Cumberland to Frostburg and back. Uphill climb to Frostburg but reasonable, not strenuous. Easy downhill return to Cumberland. Excellent trail conditions. Beautiful scenery. One tunnel.

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