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This is the first in a three part series of places to ride. We all love to ride with our families, partners and many of us enjoy road riding. All of these recommendations are based on personal rides from the staff. These recommendations have been made to riders just like yourself and have received lots of positive feedback.

Of course all of us in the store love to learn what your riding needs and preferences are and then we can make recommendations based on your needs and riding preferences. Just come on by.

I hope you enjoy these rides. Let us know what you think and what other rides are your favorite.

When thinking about family friendly rides we are thinking about rides that have kid friendly things to do along the way and are safe for children to ride.

Cross Island Trail

The Cross Island trail runs west to east for six miles across Kent Island. One of the things we love about this trail is that it doesn’t feel like a typical multi use trail. It feels more like you are riding at the beach as the trail meanders along and crosses water allowing a great opportunity to spot wildlife. The cool thing about this trail is all the great things to do along the way with your kids.

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So many places to ride, so little time. Now that is a good problem to have. There are many things that make living in this area truly special and one of them, at least in my book are the many places to ride, no matter what type of riding you enjoy. We will be doing a series of posts outlining places to ride based on bike type. Of course these are just a representative of the places and some of our favorites. If these don’t interest you please let us know and we can make more recommendations.

Places to Ride

Oxford and St. Michaels: (a great road riding location also)

Located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, this is possibly one of the best places to ride in the state. This is a perfect weekend getaway area with great cycling and plenty to keep you entertained for the weekend. St. Michaels has some wonderful B&B’s and restaurants to feed your hunger after a great day of riding. Be sure to check out the Oxford Bellevue Ferry while you are there. If you don’t want to spend your entire time riding there are plenty of other activities close by such as golf and sailing.

Below is a Cue Sheet from a local B&B on one of the basic ride routes.

Ride Description: Beginning in Easton, Cycling to Oxford & St. Michaels, Returning to Easton – 35.4 Miles Cue Sheet

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.

Local Favorites

W B & A Trail: Odenton, MD

It is 3.8 miles long and it runs from Piney Orchard Parkway and Odenton Road to Bragers Road, while passing through the Piney Orchard Nature Trail.  It is accessible from the bike shop, via Waugh Chapel Road. Though this road is not recommended for children, the bike trail is fine for them.


Baltimore & Annapolis Trail:

Runs from Annapolis, MD to BWI Airport.  It is 10 feet wide and follows an old railroad route for more than 13 miles.  There are many places to start a ride.  Do any distance you like.  It has a rural feel, generally, and is suitable for wheelchairs and rollerblades.

It also joins the 12.5-mile Baltimore Washington International Trail (BWI), which loops the airport.

The BWI Trail:

This 12.5 mile trail is popular for its distance, workout and amenities.  There is access from the Airport Observation Area, on Dorsey Road (parking, playground, picnic tables, planes right overhead). Ask us how to link the trail with local back roads for a long road ride.  For more info:


We have plenty of other great places to recommend for riding. Just stop by or give us a call and we will be happy to help.