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Five ideas for a weekend bike ride in Maryland

Thinking about going for a bike ride this weekend? The DMV is filled with many biking trails and events that it can be hard to decide where to start. To help narrow it down, we asked our Facebook followers where they would recommend and we got some great ideas.

If you want to know which trails are best for your family, check out our 7 Maryland Bike Trails fit for families. We have something for every level of rider.

Facebook fans favorite weekend bike rides

1. Patuxent Wildlife Refuge

The Patuxent Research Refuge is the only national wildlife refuge established to support wildlife research. The public is free to explore two of the three tracts at the Laurel refuge. The South Tract, which has 5 miles of walking trails, has many family activities, however, bikes are not allowed on those trails. For biking, the North Tract is where you want to head. Although not all the trails are open to bikes, you can find plenty of trails to explore. Some are out and back, but they do connect to create loops.

Nancy Landis Jones suggests Patuxent Wildlife Refuge near Laurel, “Great place!”
Photo courtesy of Patuxent Research Refuge

2. C&O Canal

The C&O Canal Towpath is a great spot for a scenic, mostly flat family bike ride. The trail starts in Georgetown and follows the Potomac River 184-miles to Cumberland, but there are plenty of sites just outside of Gerogetown to keep kids interested. 

At mile 3.1, the towpath meets up with the Capital Crescent Trail at Fletcher’s Boathouse, a historic boathouse run by the National Park Service. Rent a kayak, a rowboat or fishing gear at this scenic cove of the Potomac. For a longer bike ride, continue 14 miles along the towpath to Great Falls, where the views of the falls are spectacular and easily accessible via a boardwalk trail.

Tracey Swaynos Lawrence prefers the C&O Canal because it’s mostly flat and scenic.
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Biking the C&O Canal Towpath

3. B&A trail

The B&A Trail is 14-miles long and extends from Jonas Green Park in Annapolis to Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie. There is no admission fee and the trail is open year round from dawn to dusk. The trail’s 10-foot-wide paved surface welcomes bicycles, wagons, in-line skates and strollers. There is only a two-percent grade—no big hills to contend with—so pushing a stroller or pulling a bike trailer with two kids in tow shouldn’t be a problem. It’s also wheelchair accessible.

Becky Morgan says “We’re heading off to see how much of the B&A trail we can do today!”
Photo courtesy of Anne Arundel County Recreation & Parks

4. Quiet Waters Park

Nestled between the South River and Harness Creek, Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis offers a wide variety of activities. Visitors can walk, jog, or bike on over 6 miles of paved trails winding through hardwood forests and past grassy fields. You can also find playgrounds, picnic areas and a beautiful visitor center here.

Tracy Cook Palmer recommends Quiet Waters Park.
Quiet Waters Park

5. Indian Head Rail Trail

This converted railroad corridor makes for a great 13-mile bike trail. Riders can explore forests, natural wetlands and farmlands while traveling halfway across the county. Build originally in 1918 as a supply route, this asphalt trail is open year round and is considered an easy ride.

Brian Petrie prefers the Indian Head Rail Trail.
Photo courtesy of Charles County Parks
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