The Best Mountain Biking in Maryland

Looking for the best mountain biking in Maryland? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Maryland. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top mountain biking spots in and near Maryland

  • Elkridge, Maryland

    Hike the Cascade Falls and Rootball Loop Trail

    4.7
    2.4 mi / 285 ft gain
    Park on the shoulder of Landing Drive (see map) to access the trailhead. This trail is open April-September. Dogs allowed on leash. 
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  • Knoxville, Maryland

    Explore Point of Rocks/ Potomac River Overlook

    4.0
    0.2 mi / 95 ft gain
    Park at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal parking lot. Walk to the US 15 and cross the road. Trail is not marked, though its faint traces can be detected as you continue on. GPS is recommended. Enjoy the overlook and when you're ready to go back, retrace your steps. 
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  • Ellicott City, Maryland

    Hike Old Ranger Trail to Hollofield Access Trail

    3.0
    3.58 mi / 360 ft gain
    Park in the designated area on the road off of Baltimore National Pike to access the trailhead. This trail is accessible year-round. Dogs allowed on leash. 
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  • Gaithersburg, Maryland

    Hike the Clopper Lake Loop Trail

    4.7
    5.64 mi / 314 ft gain
    Park in the designated area off of Seneca Creek Road to access the trailhead. Accessible all year and dog-friendly. 
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  • Dickerson, Maryland

    Hike the Sugarloaf Yellow Trail

    4.0
    7.77 mi / 892 ft gain
    Park in the lot off of Comus Road (see map) to access the trail. Trail is shared by hikers, runners, bikers, and equestrians, and dogs are welcome too. Wildlife are abundant, and even black bears live here. 
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  • Germantown, Maryland

    HIke or Bike the Schaeffer Farm Yellow Trail

    5.0
    10.37 mi / 921 ft gain
    Park in the lot at the end of Kingsview Village Ave (see map) to access the trailhead. Trail is popular and well marked, used by bikers, hikers, and equestrians. Dogs are welcome too. 
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  • Upper Marlboro, Maryland

    Hike the Patuxent River Park Trail

    4.0
    4.68 mi / 255 ft gain
    Park at the end of Park Entrance Road (see map) to access the trail. Great place for birding, trail running, and sea kayaking. Dogs are not permitted, so leave your canine friends at home or choose a different hike. 
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  • Jessup, Maryland

    Hike the Savage Park Trails

    2.47 mi / 157 ft gain
    Park in the lot off of Vollmerhausen Road to access the trail. It's open year round, and dogs are allowed on leash. 
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  • Elkridge, Maryland

    Hike the Avalon Loop Trail

    3.0
    20.4 mi / 1791 ft gain
    Park in the lot off of River Road to access the Avalon Loop Trail. Trail is open from June-November and is dog friendly. The whole loop is about 20 miles but you can make it an out-and-back if you're looking for a shorter hike.  
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  • Dickerson, Maryland

    Hike along the C&O Canal: Whites Ferry to Edwards Ferry

    5.0
    10 mi / 165 ft gain
    Park in the lot on Whites Ferry road and hop on the Chesapeake Ohio towpath. This is an out-and-back so you can make it as short as you want or up to 10 miles. Great for familes and dog friendly!
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  • Glen Burnie, Maryland

    Bike or Run the Baltimore and Annapolis (B&A) Trail

    5.0
    27.55 mi / 577 ft gain
    Park in the big lot off of Dorsey Road to access the trailhead. Trail is accessible year-round and is dog-friendly. Can do the whole thing or make it into a shorter out-and-back.
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  • Boyds, Maryland

    Hike the Black Hill Regional Park Loop

    5.0
    2.26 mi / 160 ft gain
     The Black Hill Regional Park has 1300 acres of oak forests that have views of the Little Seneca Lake. This lake offers a place for visitors to canoe and stand up paddle board. This trail is open to hiking and mountain biking. In addition, dogs are welcome to use the trail but must be on leash at...
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  • Derwood, Maryland

    Hike, Bike, or Run the Lakeside Trail and Muncaster Mill Trail

    4.5
    3.41 mi / 196 ft gain
    Park at the Meadowside Nature Center to Access the trailhead. This is a 3.4 mile loop with opportunities for birding and observing wildlife. Dogs are welcome on leash. 
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  • Cockeysville, Maryland

    Hike, Bike, or Run the Loch Raven Merryman Trail

    4.0
    7.7 mi / 639 ft gain
    Park in the designated area off of Dulaney Valley Road (see map). Trail is accessible from March to September and dog-friendly. 
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  • Kingsville, Maryland

    Hike the Jerusalem Village Trail & Jericho Covered Bridge Trail

    4.3 mi / 341 ft gain
    This is a moderately rated hike that features a river and quite a few hilly sections. The trail is known to be rather muddy, so be sure to wear appropriate waterproof footwear. Note that some sections of the trail are not well marked. You may want to review a map before embarking. There is park...
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  • Cockeysville, Maryland

    Hike the Oregon Ridge Park Trail

    4.0
    4.02 mi / 475 ft gain
    Park in the lot as indicated on the map (see below). This trail is accessible year round, dog-friendly, and is great for families. 
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