Mountain Biking the Washington, D.C./Baltimore Area: An Atlas of Northern Virginia, Maryland, and D.C.'s Greatest Off-Road Bicycle Rides

Mountain Biking the Washington, D.C./Baltimore Area: An Atlas of Northern Virginia, Maryland, and D.C.'s Greatest Off-Road Bicycle Rides

by Martin Fernandez, Scott Adams

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493006014
Publisher: Falcon Guides
Publication date: 07/15/2015
Series: Regional Mountain Biking Series
Edition description: Fifth Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 831,878
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Scott Adams has written several mountain biking guidebooks. A native Virginian, Scott lives with his wife and growing family in Charlottesville, Virginia. Few things reward him more than a long hike to the top of a mountain or an early-morning bike ride with no particular place to go.

Martin Fernandez is a native of Lima, Peru and now lives in Virginia. When he's not riding in the backcountry trails of Maryland and Virginia, Martin is hard at work designing publications and websites or trying to come up with an award winning homebrew recipe. He is a graphic designer who enjoys the freedom of cycling more than anything.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Preface xii

Introduction xiii

How to Use This Guide xiv

Ride Finder xvi

Map Legend xviii

The Rides

Western Maryland-Mountain Region Garrett County and Deep Creek Lake

1 5.5-Mile Trail 4

2 Fork Run Recreation Area 8

You May Run into: Steve Green 9

3 Deep Creek Lake State Park 13

4 Rocky Gap State Park 17

5 Woodmont Natural Resources Management Area 21

6 Greenbrier State Park 26

7 Ganibrill State Park: Yellow Trail 31

8 Emmitsburg-Rainbow Lake 36

Honorable Mentions

A MargrafT Plantation 41

B Greenridgc State Forest 41

C The Frederick Watershed 41

Maryland Piedmont Region Montgomery County (MoCo)

9 Seneca Bluffs Trail (SBT) 46

10 Seneca Ridge Trail (SRT) 50

11 MoCo South 54

You May Run Into: Denis ChazeEc 59

12 Schaeffer Farms 61

You May Run Into: Dave Magill 63

13 Hoyles Mill Connector (HMC) 67

You May Run Into: James Corbett 69

14 Black Hill Regional Park 73

15 Little Bennett Regional Park 77

16 Seneca Creek State Park 82

17 Seneca Greenway Trail 86

18 Cabin John Regional Park 90

You May Run Into: David Scull 92

19 Fairland Regional Park 97

You May Run Into: Austin Steo 99

Howard County Patapsco Valley State Park

20 McKeldin Area 106

21 Daniels Area 110

22 Glen Artney/Avalon/Orange Grove/Hilton Areas 115

You May Run Into: Eric Crawford or Ed Dixon 119

23 Rockburn Branch Regional Park 121

You May Run Into: Melanie Nystrom 124

24 Northern Central Rail-Trail 126

In Addition: Rails-to-Trails 127

25 Gunpowder Falls State Park: Sweet Air 131

26 Susquehanna River Ride 136

27 Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area 140

Honorable Mentions

D Sugarloaf Mountain Bike Loop 144

E Hashawa/Bear Run Nature Center 144

F Patapsco Valley State Park: Woodstock 145

G Loch Raven Reservoir 145

H Gunpowder Falls State Park: Jerusalem and Jericho 146

I Gunpowder Falls State Park: Perry Hall 146

J Patuxcnt Research Refuge, North Tract 147

Coastal Maryland

28 L. F. Cosca Regional Park 150

29 Rosaryville State Park 154

30 Cedarville State Forest 158

31 Saint Mary's River State Park 163

In Addition: Chesapeake Bay 167

32 Tuckahoe State Park 169

Honorable Mentions

K NaylorMill Park 174

L Pocomoke River State Forest 174

M Pocomoke YMCA 174

Northern Virginia

33 Elizabeth Furnace 177

34 Conway Robinson State Forest 181

In Addition: Biking With Kids 183

35 Lake Fairfax Park 186

36 Fountainhead Regional Park 189

You May Run Into: Larry Cautilli 191

37 Great Falls National Park 194

38 The Cross County Trail 198

39 Burke Lake Loop 206

40 Wakefield Park/Lake Accotink Trail 210

In Addition: Night Riding 215

41 Laurel Hill 217

42 Meadowood Recreation Area 224

43 Lodi Farms 228

You May Run Into: Robert Maple 231

Honorable Mentions

N Freedom Center 233

O Locust Shade Park 233

P Marine Corps Base Quantico 233

Q The Fredericksburg Quarry 234

R Motts Run Reservoir 235

Washington, D.C.

44 Chesapeake & Ohio Canal 237

Honorable Mentions: S. Fort Circle Trail 242

Gravel Grinding

AA River Ride 245

BB Sugarloaf Scenic Circuit 249

CC Middleburg Vineyard Tour 253

DD Canal Ride/River Grinder 257

EE Waterford Dirt Ride 262

You May Run Into: Pete Beers 265

FF Prince William Forest Park 267

Gravity-Assisted Mountain Biking 273

Fat-Tire Vacations 275

The Art of Mountain Biking 277

Mountain Bike Beginnings 277

Mountain Biking into Shape 278

Be Safe-Know the Law 279

The Mountain Bike Controversy 280

Briquette of Mountain Biking 281

Trail Maintenance 282

Rules of the Trail 282

The Necessities of Cycling 283

Be Prepared or Die 284

Be Safe-Wear Your Armor 285

Oh, Those Chilly Metropolitan Days 286

To Have or Have Not-Other Very Useful Items 287

Types of Off-Road Terrain 288

Techniques to Sharpen Your Skills 288

Last-Minute Check 291

Local Bicycle Clubs and Organizations 293

Ride Index 295

About the Authors 297

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