Riding in your local area
Central Maryland offers a variety of bike trails to suit every level of rider. You’ll find off-road on-road, and shared-use facilities that are as diverse as our region itself. Whether you live in an urban, suburban or rural community, chances are there are nearby biking options for you.
Don't own a bike but want to give cycling a try?
You can find plenty of options for rentals, new and pre-loved bikes to fit a range of budgets.
Alternately, if you have a bike you are no longer using, now may be a great time to declutter your space and list your old bike in a neighborhood marketplace!
Trail rides for a new cyclist
Central Maryland has no shortage of trails for recreational use. Check out these trails in your area. Please remember to follow social distancing and safety rules while visiting these popular spots!
Anne Arundel County
This 12.5-mile trail snakes around the entire airport, including Dixon Park, where you can enjoy some of the best aircraft watching in the area and a wonderful children’s playground.
A nice trail for the whole family! This trail is part of the East Coast Greenway system. The trail is an 8-foot wide paved surface with a total length of 13 miles between Annapolis and Glen Burnie, MD. Once you reach the northern terminus, a short connector path will take you over to the BWI Trail.
The Gwynns Falls Trail is a 150-mile unique urban hiking and biking trail providing access to a scenic and historic greenway stream valley in Baltimore City. The trail follows the Gwynns Falls stream to the Middle Branch and the Inner Harbor of the Patapsco River.
The Jones Falls trail is a 10 mile hiking and bicycling trail that runs mostly along the length of its namesake The Jones Falls, a major north-south stream in and north of the city that has long acted as a major transportation corridor for the city. It also incorporates the bike path encircling Druid Hill Reservoir and its namesake park.
Loch Raven Reservoir is one of the most pristine outdoor locations in the Baltimore metropolitan area, with resplendent plants and wildlife and beautiful water vistas, where visitors can enjoy miles of road and off-road bicycling trails that wind their way along the banks of the reservoir.
The Torrey C. Brown Trail, formerly known as the Northern Central Railroad Trail (NCRT) extends 20 miles, stretching from Ashland Road in the Hunt Valley area to the state line, where it continues to York, PA. The trail is 10 feet wide with a packed limestone surface. Trail users should note that the southern end of the trail receives heavy use on weekends.
Morgan Run NEA 8.5 mile loop includes the many different characteristics of the varied terrain and scenery that exemplify Liberty Reservoir including secluded coves, stream delta marshes, large planted white pine groves and undulating Piedmont terrain.
The MA & PA Heritage Trail is located on portions of the former Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad corridor in Bel Air and ForestHill, Maryland. Currently, the trail consists of a 3.3-mile section in Bel Air and a 1.7-mile segment in Forest Hill. In partnership with the Town of Bel Air, Harford County has acquired an easement for a small stretch of land that will finally allow for the connection of its Bel Air and Forest Hill sections. The eventual connection will result in a nearly 8-mile long trail that runs through the heart of Bel Air.
18,000 scenic acres in the Gunpowder River Valley including both Baltimore & Harford Counties. The park features over 100 miles of trails, trout streams and the historic village of Jerusalem and 18th century grist mill company town. Other park areas include a multi-use rail trail, swimming beach, picnic area, and marina.
This 4.6 mile rail-trail parallels the Little Patuxent River from Savage Park to Lake Elkhorn. About half the path is paved, with the rest coated in gravel, and it's suited for walkers, runners, bikers and equestrians. Hikers on the wooded trail, which follows an old Baltimore & Ohio Railroad line, will cross several bridges, most notably the Guilford Pratt Truss Bridge, a structure built in 1902 over the Little Patuxent.
Patapsco Valley State Park extends along 32 miles of the Patapsco River, encompassing 16,043 acres and eight developed recreational areas. The park is nationally known for its trail opportunities and scenery, and has over 70 miles of maintained trails. There are hiker only trails and multi-use trails accessible from many areas of Patapsco.
Queen Anne's County
Kent Island has two fantastic bike trails. The Cross Island Trail runs 6 miles east to west along an abandoned rail corridor, and the South Island Trail parallels MD Route 8 between Matapeake and Kent Point Road. This ride features our gems and shows off the best of Kent Island. Remember that the trails can be crowded during peak usage, so this may not be the ride for you if the goal is speed.
Easy everyday transportation
Did you know that 40% of all trips in the U.S. are less than two miles, making bicycling a reliable and fun way to get to get around? If you are riding to a specific destination such as the grocery store, it may not be feasible to take the same route as you would driving.
However, there are plenty of secondary streets throughout the region that you can take to safely arrive at your destination. In addition to trails, you’ll find a variety of dedicated and shared facilities on and along roadways throughout Central Maryland.
Not sure where your nearest bike facility near you is located?
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