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The Best Bike Trails in Baltimore and Washington D.C.

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June 20, 2016


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Bike Trails to Enjoy the Great Outdoors this Summer

The D.C. area’s annual Bike to Work Day may have come and gone, but with the warmer weather this summer there’s still plenty of time to enjoy some quality time on a bike ride. By now your bike should be out of storage, cleaned up and inspected and ready to hit some amazing bicycle trails in Baltimore and Washington D.C. Luckily, these areas offer no shortage of beautiful bike trails to check out on a solo trip, with a friend or even with the entire family.

Check out these Bike Trails in Baltimore and Washington D.C.

If you have already hit the road in your car and taken an exciting one-day trip to some of the beautiful and historical locations nearby, summer is the perfect time to don the bike helmet, pump up the tires and head out to take in some closer attractions, all from two wheels. Here are just a few of the best bike trails Baltimore and Washington D.C. have to offer:

Baltimore & Annapolis (B&A) Trail

Part of the East Coast Greenway system, this bicycle trail starts in Baltimore and ends in Annapolis, featuring 15.5 miles through suburban and urban terrain. This eight foot wide asphalt bike trail is a part of a former railroad used to carry passengers between Baltimore and Annapolis over 125 years ago. It’s a great bike trail in Baltimore the whole family can enjoy.

Great Allegheny Passage

This bike trail begins in Cumberland, Maryland and stretches 159 miles all the way to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It’s a mostly flat trail to pedal along through the Appalachian Mountains and traces the paths of railroads that helped build our country.

Chesapeake & Ohio Towpath

The towpath is not just an ordinary bike trail winding through Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, but is actually one of the largest biking trails in the entire country, topping in at over 184 miles long! This mostly hard-packed dirt bike trail begins in Washington, D.C. and travels along the north bank of the Potomac River, ending in Cumberland, Maryland.

Mount Vernon Trail

This Washington DC bike trail includes river views and scenic nature. The Mount Vernon Trail runs along the Potomac River, allowing you to visit George Washington’s estate along the way. Round trip, the trail is a total of 36 miles and is located just across the river from Downtown Washington, D.C., following the Potomac’s Virginia shoreline from Theodore Roosevelt Island.

The Gwynns Falls

Trail Truly immerse yourself in this 15-mile Baltimore bike trail that connects to over 30 west and southwest neighborhoods throughout the city. The Gwynns Falls Trail is part of the Baltimore National Heritage Area and is a unique urban greenway that includes one of the largest woodland parks in the eastern United States.

Fort Washington Park

Experience history on this bicycle trail in Washington, D.C. through the 200-year-old stone fort built to protect our nation’s capital. You can take the trail around the artillery demonstrations and other reenactments taking place at the site.

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