Take a bike ride -for recreation, exercise or the thrill of competition - and discover Maryland's diverse landscape. Check out Cycle Maryland and the listings below for more information on events, trails, and infastructure around the state.
Tour of Wash County Stage Race
Tour of Washington County Kick-Off Classic Criterium, June, Hagerstown – Presented by the Antietam Velo Club, this evening race – along a .8-mile course with four 90-degree turns and one uphill section – cuts through the Hagerstown Arts and Entertainment District. A bike parade at 5:30 p.m. precedes a series of divisional races. More races take place the next two days in Smithsburg, Boonsboro and Williamsport.
, June, Antietam Velo Club is proud to announce the Tour of Washington County Stage Race. Our goal for this event is to bring exposure to various parts of Washington County, MD. Our expectation is that you will visit some of the local sites and many restaurants, during your stay. Our ultimate goal is to continue to grow this race as a mid-season showcase event.
Garrett County Gran Fondo, June – Cyclists of all types – recreational to professional – can select one of five ride options in this mass-participation cycling event that starts and ends atop Wisp Mountain (above Deep Creek Lake) at Adventures Sports Center International. Five individual itineraries range from extreme to engaging: the 125-mile Diabolical Double Metric to the 25-mile Garrett's Greatest . Participation is limited to 1,200 cyclists and a sell-out is expected, so register early.
Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath – As part of the C&O Canal National Historic Park, the towpath is a 184-mile corridor that runs along the Potomac River, starting in Washington, D.C., and extending to Cumberland. In Cumberland, it merges into the Maryland stretch of the Great Allegany Passage, a route that continues through Frostburg and westward to Pittsburgh.
Western Maryland Rail Trail – This 23-mile route traces the C&O Canal and the former Western Maryland Railway line. Hancock is the mid-way point. Going east, the trail stops a half mile from Fort Frederick State Park, site of the restored star-shaped fort used in the French and Indian War (1754-1763).
Ride the Riverside, June, National Harbor (Prince George's County) – Route options for this long-standing event (30 years) range from 30 miles to 150 miles, and travel through Prince George's and Charles counties along the Potomac River. Each cyclist agrees to raise $300 to benefit multiple sclerosis research. Family and friends of riders are invited to waterfront finish-line party.
Capital Crescent Trail – This 11-mile pathway follows a former route of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad from the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C., to Silver Spring in Montgomery County. Bikers pass over four historic bridges and through two tunnels along the Potomac River. It connects with the C&O Canal Towpath and the Rock Creek Trail.
Gambrill State Park, outside of Frederick (Frederick County) – Located on the ridge of the Catoctin Mountains, the park has 15 miles of wooded trails that are open to mountain biking. Many offer scenic overlooks.
Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg (Montgomery County) – The park includes Schaeffer Farm Trails, a 10-mile multi-use trail system through wooded valleys and open farm land that was designed for mountain biking.
Tour dem Parks, Hon, June, Baltimore – Participants in this annual ride travel through Carroll, Clifton, Druid Hill, Herring Run and Patterson parks, depending on the tour they choose. Le Grande Tour includes all five parks plus other smaller parks along a 36-mile route. The Metric Century is a 64-mile route that combines urban and suburban riding.
Baltimore and Annapolis Trail – This 13-mile rail-trail in Anne Arundel County has historical markers literally labeled from "A to Z" with site information and a "Planet Walk" – a NASA-hosted linear museum of planetary displays. The trail follows the path of the Baltimore and Annapolis Railroad. It merges into the BWI Trail, a 12.5-mile route that circles BWI Marshall Airport.
Patapsco Valley State Park (Howard County) – Mountain-bike riders call this park "Moab East." The park's 170 miles of trails – like its namesake in Utah – are known for rocky terrain and steep pathways. Extending 32 miles along the Patapsco River, the park draws more than a million outdoor enthusiasts each year.
Torrey C. Brown Trail (formerly known as Northern Central Railroad (NCR) Trail) – Located in Baltimore County, the trail extends north 20 miles from Hunt Valley to the state line. It goes through Gunpowder Falls State Park, which has more than 100 miles of trails. The Brown Trail accommodates hikers and bikers, and even offers access for fishing.
Indian Head Rail Trail – Charles County revived this abandoned rail corridor into a 13-mile bike trail that passes through Mattawoman Creek stream valley -- an area with forests, wetlands and wildlife.
To the Point' – Starting in Historic St. Mary's City – home of Maryland's first settlement – this 30-mile route extends to the 1828 lighthouse at Point Lookout State Park, site of a Civil War museum and nature center. The park is also part of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.
Bay to Bay Ride, June - Betterton (Kent County) – This annual Lions Club event offers five itineraries between 27 miles and 104 miles in length. The 27-mile route goes through historic Chestertown. Participants and friends gather at Betterton Beach for a swim in the Chesapeake Bay at the end of the day.
Two Rivers Bike Ride, June - Centreville ( Queen Anne's County) – Three routes – 15-, 65- and 100-miles long – begin in historic Centreville (established in 1794) and offer views of the Corsica and Chester rivers. The courses also go through Tuckahoe State Park, which has a dozen different trails. Adkins Arboretum is located within the park.
Oxford-St. Michaels bike trail (Talbot County) – One of Talbot's six bike trails, this 29.6-mile route runs between Oxford, an historic boat-building town, and St. Michaels, a destination known for its restaurants, shopping and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. The route – a favorite among cyclists – also includes a trip across the Tred Avon River on the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry.
- The East Coast Greenway is a developing trail system, spanning nearly 3,000 miles as it winds its way between Canada and Key West, linking all the major cities of the eastern seaboard.
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