Baltimore's mountain bike mecca? Twisty technical singletrack with little climbing. You can ride for hours in Patapsco State Park.
Start on the Vineland trailhead off Glen Artney parking lot. Ride down the road through the tunnel and take a right at the Y. Follow the Vineland trail to an intersection and make a left, then a quick right onto the road. Head down the road until you pass through a gate on a gravel road Take a right on to the singletrack. Continue through the intersection and over a fire road. At 1.7 miles go through the tunnel and make another quick right. At about 3 miles take a left and cross the bridge and take an immediate left on to River Road. Find the Ridge Trail and continue uphill until making a tight right-handed turn to singletrack and follow the orange markers. Turn left and now follow the blue markers parallel to Cascade Branch Creek. Turn right across the creek and follow the blue markings. Take a left at Norris Road - trailhead is on the right. Take a right and descend, at 5.7 miles follow the red trail, continue straight at an intersection and follow the blue trail. At this point you'll make a sharp U and continue downhill on nice singletrack marked by blue markers. Turn left onto Valley View Trail (white markers) and reach the overlook at about 7 miles. Turn right onto the orange trail, then left onto the blue trail and head downhill staying to the left. After some twisty-tight singletrack, turn right at the intersection following the yellow markers. Sharp right and a quick steep climb, turn right at the intersection, continue through the intersection and bear left at 9.5 climbing on the orange trail. At 10 miles catch the white trail and turn right on River Road then left at the intersection and back to the Glen Artney parking area.
How to get there:
I-95 to Route-195 East then exit at Route-1 and turn right. Next, take the first right then an immediate left to Patapsco State Park. Head towards the Glen Artney area and park in the far lot.
There are more trails that can be explored in the Patapsco Valley Park. Call (410) 461-5005 and ask