Glen Artney / Avalon / Orange Grove / Hilton Areas

Elkridge, Maryland

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Known simply as the Avalon area by most cyclists, this small corner of the Patapsco Valley State Park is quite possibly one of Washington, D.C./Baltimore’s most popular mountain-biking playgrounds. Avalon’s terrain is oftentimes severe and nearly always challenging, but for serious off-roaders, these conditions represent nothing less than prime mountain-biking real estate.
Mountain Biking the Washington, D.C. / Baltimore Area

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Mountain Biking the Washington, D.C. / Baltimore Area

by Scott Adams & Martin Fernandez (Falcon Guides)

Known simply as the Avalon area by most cyclists, this small corner of the Patapsco Valley State Park is quite possibly one of Washington, D.C./Baltimore’s most popular mountain-biking playgrounds. Avalon’s terrain is oftentimes severe and nearly always challenging, but for serious off-roaders, these conditions represent nothing less than prime mountain-biking real estate.

© 2015 Scott Adams & Martin Fernandez/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Elkridge
Distance: 20
Elevation Gain: 900 feet
Trail Type: Several options
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 3 to 5 hours
Season: Open from 10 A.M. to sunset, Thursday through Sunday
Trailhead Elevation: 75 feet
Top Elevation: 390 feet
Local Contacts: Patapsco Valley State Park
Local Maps: Patapsco Valley State Park trail map
Driving Directions: Directions to Glen Artney / Avalon / Orange Grove / Hilton Areas

Recent Trail Reviews

7/22/2010
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Very good for mountain biking a very good exercise with the best downhills on the area.


2/1/2009
0

1/1/2009
0

Very nice biking trails. I've done several in the park, but on this date, we entered on the Soapstone trail. It is easiest to park in the Park and Ride off I-195. Be prepared for some COLD water crossings in the winter. The park does a very nice job of maintaining trails. A trail guide ($3)is helpful for first visit to park. Restricted hunting permitted near trails - bright colors might be best.


10/15/2008
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8/11/2007
0

This place is the best all around singletrack and easily one of my favorites ANYWHERE! It has multiple loops, climbs, rocks, logs, bridges, drops, rocks, steep, shallow, luge like speed descents. This will test you, but it is good for beginners and advanced alike. Spent 3 hours there today and i was completly done. Some Advice. Two options for entrance, one off of 295 north of airport, or get of 95 onto 100 west, get off at 103 going north, first light right onto Montgomery, first light left following Montgomery as it turns left (straight is a gas station with powerbars and water etc., if you see a golf course you are close to gas station, but going the wrong way for the park)After Left turn onto Montgomery follow for @2 miles, turn left at church onto landing road. look for parking areas. You can also park in Rockburn branch park. There is a bathroom and water fountain by the suspended bridge, but no trash, you must carry in and out. Have fun, and i suggest a tube/pump or a cell phone. Getting lost is likely and a flat will be a long walk to the car.



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