Biking and Hiking Trails

The Bay region’s generally moderate, mid-Atlantic climate, combined with fairly level terrain, makes it popular with both hikers and bikers.

The Eastern Shore is home to several popular biking events and trails, since the flat roads make possible lengthy rides of 50 or even 100 miles.

Whether seeing them on foot or by peddling, numerous parks, trails, towns and wildlife refuges make for wonderful memories.

Blackwater National Wildlife Preserve

Photo courtesy wilderness-voyageurs.com/bike-tour-chesapeake.html

Here are just a few of the Bay region’s trails:

American Chestnut Land Trust: A 15-mile hike through a Port Republic preserve leads to cliffs, woodlands, farm fields, wetlands and a salt marshland beach.

Baltimore & Annapolis Trail: An old train route that runs for more than 13 miles before hooking up with a 12.5-mile trail that circles the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Charles County Bike Routes: Several scenic, historically significant rides through Southern Maryland, including one excursion (45 miles round-trip) that traces the escape route taken by John Wilkes Booth after he assassinated President Abraham Lincoln.

Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area: A 90-mile trail system in Elkton, popular among off-road bikers and equestrian trail riders.

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum: A Woodland Nature Trail and Riverside Archaeology Trail amid a War of 1812 historical area in St. Leonard.

Patapsco Valley State Park: Nicknamed “Moab of the East” for its advanced off-road routes among more than 170 miles of multi-use trails in Ellicott City.

Pemberton Historical Park: Extensive walking trails on the grounds of a pond-side, 18th-century plantation home in Salisbury.

St. Clement’s Island State Park: A 40-acre island with forest and shoreline trails, accessible by water taxi from Coltons Point.

Tuckahoe State Park: The American Discovery Trail, a coast-to-coast, non-motorized recreation trail, runs through this Queen Anne park and links into the Anacostia Tributary Trail System.

Viewtrail 100: A 100-mile route through Pocomoke River State Forest, beginning and ending in historic Berlin.