Check Out the Best Ellicott City Mountain Biking Trails

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Ellicott City, Maryland, has a lot going for it with a historic downtown, great people, top restaurants, and more. One more thing that makes so many people excited about living here is access to world-class outdoor sports. Mountain biking around Ellicott City is a popular pastime with locals, and visitors come from all over Maryland and beyond to join in the fun. The best mountain biking trails near our Ellicott City apartments include:

Middle Patapsco Trail

Middle Patapsco Trail is for experienced mountain bikers ready to test their skill level and endurance. You can leave directly from downtown Ellicott City on your bike or drive to the Trolley Trail parking area on Old Frederick Road. On this 13.9-mile trail, expect plenty of single tracks and a serious workout. The Middle Patapsco trail combines at least seven different biking trails to create a full-day ride. Experience the best of what Patapsco Valley State Park has to offer during this scenic adventure. Be sure to take plenty of water and read the trail directions carefully before departing.

Centennial Park Loop Trail

You don’t have to have advanced skills to experience mountain biking around Ellicott City. Local enthusiasts also enjoy the Centennial Park Loop Trail. It is a quick and easy way for you to get some miles in between longer excursions. Extend the 2.6-mile, paved scenic lake loop to an almost 8-mile ride by including some side paths. The 54-acre lake sits within a 334-acre park full of amenities. Benches, tables, tennis courts, volleyball courts, and a boat dock are only a few of the reasons people flock to this park. With this type of popularity, it is well worth planning your ride to avoid peak hours.

Fairland Recreation Park Trails

The 354-acre Fairland Recreation Park Trail has a combination of hard surfaces and natural trails. You will find this is an ideal park for practicing your mountain biking skills on the park’s single-track dirt loop trails. Steep grades and elevation changes mixed with roots, loose gravel, and log jumps will keep you on your toes. Combine several loop trails to extend your ride time and increase the distance to over eight miles.

With so many options, mountain biking around Ellicott City is perfect for cyclists of all levels. After working up a sweat, enjoy a cold drink and some delicious barbecue from Blue Pit BBQ or another local favorite. To find out about apartments for rent in Ellicott City, contact us. We can show you what’s available in the vibrant community at The Elms at Montjoy.

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