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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.

Learn More or visit the Facebook page which is a great resource.

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.

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.
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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.

Click here for more information or York County Heritage Trail.

Cross Island Trail, Kent Island, MD:

 A 5.8 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.

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.

The dual sport bike allows you to exercise your sense of adventure when you feel like it. On our Places to Ride – Dual Sports below we have listed unimproved trails. Yet they are just at home on trails that hybrid or fitness bike riders enjoy. So be sure to check out the other posts in this series. The trail network in downtown DC is another great area where the dual sport bike shines. It is the perfect bike to explore the monuments on.

C & O Canal Trail:

This gravel trail runs 184 miles, from Cumberland to Georgetown on the old canal towpath. A bucolic, 10-mile stretch along the Potomac River begins at White’s Ferry, near Poolesville.  Many cyclists take a few days and ride its entire length. Lots of history and scenery, all the way.

Click  here for more information.

If you are looking for a very long ride, try the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP). Its southern end, begins slightly north of the C&O Canal (there is a route linking the two). Fantastic quiet and scenery all the way to Pittsburgh, PA. Find campgrounds, hotels and B&B’s, enroute. Note: I am working on plans to ride the entire route on my dual sport bike.

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.Click here for more information or York County Heritage Trail.Rosaryville State Park:

This is a great trail system to get your tires dirty on your dual sport! 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.

To enter the park, make a right, just south of Osborne Road while traveling south on U.S. 301. Maryland DNR information is here.

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.