5 bike trails in the Baltimore and D.C. area that lead someplace fun

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May is National Bike Month! Parents might not think of taking the kids on a bike ride into Baltimore City or Washington, D.C., but there are a number of cool trails that meander into or around cities that can be an adventure.

Biking trail WUpdated May 2018

On any given Saturday, Martin Fernandez of northern Virginia and his 13-year-old daughter, Ariana, can be found biking along the banks of the Potomac River, with the national monuments as their backdrop.

“Biking gives us the chance to bond and have fun together, and we love a destination trip,” he says.

The two ride frequently on weekends and count the C&O Canal Towpath in Georgetown and the Mt. Vernon trail in Northern Virginia as favorites, because of the attractions along the way.

Fernandez, an avid biker who is also the author of “Best Bike Rides D.C.,” says families should consider a trail where the payoff goes beyond great exercise.

“Some of the best trails for families are in an urban environment because you don’t have to commit to the entire trail,” he says. “It’s easy to ride portions of it and end up at different destinations — it’s a great way to keep kids engaged.”

Todd Bauer, a ride leader with Mid-Atlantic Riding Enthusiasts (MORE), a D.C.-area biking organization that hosts rides for kids, agrees that these trails are a great choice for exploring as a family.

“You may have a final destination in mind, but on a bike, you’ll see things that you wouldn’t notice from a car,” he says. “When you’re riding at a slower pace, it’s easier to take it all in. It’s those hidden gems you weren’t expecting that enhance the experience.”

Whether biking in the heart of Washington, D.C., or following a trail straight to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, here are some routes that promise families a little something extra. These bike trails include unexpected fun along the way.

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