There is no lack of trails to explore in the Maryland, Northern Virginia and District of Columbia. Below are just a few of them. Looking for areas in Delaware? Rick is a great resources for areas to ride in Delaware.
Fountainhead Regional Park:
The park also boasts one of the most challenging mountain bike trails in the region, which features a stacked loop system, with a beginner level loop that newer and younger riders can stay on, or riders can continue on the connecting intermediate loop, and then on to an advanced loop. The course includes the beginner and intermediate loops and boardwalk, trail bridges and technical trail features to create a challenging and exciting ride for cyclists of all abilities.
Jim Thorpe Pennsylvania:
The Jim Thorpe area in Pennsylvania offers mountain biking for beginners and advanced riders. Trail lengths vary from “epic” to “cake walk.”
The Lehigh Gorge Trail is nearby: here where you can enjoy 3 – 5 hours of down hill on crushed gravel. Stop by the shop to pick up a brochure. Jim Thorpe offers too many other activities to list. If carriage rides are your thing, you got it.
Learn more about Jim Thorpe.
Patapsco Valley State Park
Nationally known for advanced off-road trails, its nickname is “Moab of the East.” But there are trails here for all skill levels, like the paved, circuit trail to the Swinging Bridge, a 300-foot walkway over the river. We can recommend trails, based on skill and trail conditions. This park is just off Route 1 South.
Maryland DNR information on the park, click here.
Rosaryville State Park:
Rosaryville is a 982 acre day-use park and is the location of the historic Mount Airy Mansion. Miles of trails for hiking, biking and horse riding. This park is suitable for all riding levels. It has some of the coolest, smoothest single-track in the area. The main loop is approximately 10 miles. For a real challenge there’s an inner loop trail that is tight and technical.
This is a great trail system for the first time mountain biker or beginner.
To enter the park, make a right, just south of Osborne Road while traveling south on U.S. 301. Maryland DNR information is here.
Arundel High School Trails
Arundel is a great place for beginners to start to develop their mountain biking skills. The trail head is located behind the school and many of the trails make up the schools cross country trails. Consisting of two parts; one behind the school and then another set of trails with a fire road on the other side of the creek that runs through the woods. A great feature of Arundel is the variety of terrain represented in such a small area. You won’t get super long segments but something to test your skills on or learn new ones. The loops don’t have to be so long that if someone wanted to sit out a loop they certainly could. There is even a work out circuit along the back side of the fields if you are so inclined. The best place to park is by the courts between the high school and elementary school.