Another installment of our Places to Ride Series. Hybrid bicycles are especially versatile, so check out our Places to Ride posts for fitness bicycle and dual sport bicycles. Some of those locations are appropriate for hybrids bicycles as well
Torrey C. Brown Trail – Formerly the Northern Central Railroad Trail (NCRT):
Twenty miles long. Blissful pedaling on smooth, hard-packed gravel, through quiet countryside. It begins at Ashland Road in the Hunt Valley, and goes to the MD state line.
You can begin at Ashland Road, but on weekends expect heavy use and limited parking. There’s less congestion north of the old Monkton Railroad Station, which is now a kiosk with restrooms. There’s a café here, too, serving something for everyone.
At the MD/PA line continue all the way to York, PA, if you’ve got the legs, on the York County Heritage Trail.
Cross Island Trail, Kent Island, MD:
A 5 mile ride from Terrapin Nature Area to the Chesapeake Exploration Center, at Kent Narrows. Walk, bike or skate. Great views of Chesapeake Bay and tributaries. Just off Rt. 50, decent parking, we recommend parking at the East end and not in Terrapin park. Click here for more information.
Western Maryland Rail Trail:
This paved trail begins just west of historic Fort Frederick State Park and follows an easy grade along 25 miles of the Potomac River. You can also make a circuit with the C & O Canal trail. Click here for more information.
Check out our Places to Ride Fitness Bike post to learn about the B&A Trail, BWI Trail and WB&A Trail.