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    Silver spring-DC area

    I will be in the DC area for 4 weeks from mid October to mid November. I am going to bring my mountain bike. Any recommendations as far as near trails. We are not opposed to driving out of the metro area.

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    Rick,

    Lots of trail systems in the DC area. I typically ride at Schaeffer Farm and Black Hills. If you are going to be staying in Sliver Spring it's about 30-40 minutes away. Many of the trails close for hunting season in mid to late November.

    There's also going to be a big MORE ride on October 7th and 8th here. There's a post in the forum here about it. I plan to do the 25 miler.

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    Take the drive up north to Frederick and check out Gambrill state park and the Frederick Watershed; it doesn't get any better!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EABiker View Post
    Take the drive up north to Frederick and check out Gambrill state park and the Frederick Watershed; it doesn't get any better!
    I recommend this as well. Would also suggest heading to Fort Valley, VA and riding in the Elizabeth Furnace area: Signal Knob/Bear Wallow loop of Buzzard Rock are just a few options.

    Patapsco State Park would be my other recommendation and the MoCo epic posted above is a great way to have the a big ride mapped out for you.
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    Watershed looks like a great trail. Anyone recommend a loop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricky789 View Post
    Watershed looks like a great trail. Anyone recommend a loop?
    I put this one together for some friends. Starts by gaining a bunch of elevation on a gravel road, then is routed to do sections in the best direction. Hits a lot of favorites on the north end, lets you finish on the downhill.
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23485235
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    For a lighter but still challenging fare, you can explore the trails from the Hamburg Road parking lot. The Blue to fireroad to Volkswagon then Knucklebuster loop (figure 8) is just under 5 miles long and has a sample of just about all but the most extreme stuff.

    https://www.trailforks.com/nearby/?l...4&m=trailforks

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    Quote Originally Posted by EABiker View Post
    For a lighter but still challenging fare, you can explore the trails from the Hamburg Road parking lot. The Blue to fireroad to Volkswagon then Knucklebuster loop (figure 8) is just under 5 miles long and has a sample of just about all but the most extreme stuff.

    https://www.trailforks.com/nearby/?l...4&m=trailforks
    Here's a short one from Hamburg, includes VW, Knucklebuster plus some stuff on the north side
    https://ridewithgps.com/trips/16153115
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    Also, given the time of year you'll be here, bring your lights. We have lots of legal night riding in the area. Almost all require you to be with a scheduled ride with a group, so you'll have someone leading you around since you won't know the trails. I lead one on Wednesday's at Gambrill during the winter. Gambrill abuts the Watershed and is easier to navigate for people riding out here for the first time https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/702...-loop-figure-8
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    Oh wow. Thanks guys! I will definitely try to tag along on a night ride.

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    If you like fast flow try Rosarryville state park in Upper Marlboro Md. 9 mile loop or you can add a couple miles if you hit the middle. Has some drops and log overs in the center. Not rocky at all just flow.
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    That there is a Monster ride. But Gooood!

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    wow after looking at a map, I realized how much Maryland is really lacking in public lands...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RajunCajun44 View Post
    wow after looking at a map, I realized how much Maryland is really lacking in public lands...
    Wow, after looking at two separate threads I realized you aren't contributing anything useful but simply giving your opinion which no one asked to hear... If you don't like this area then cool, stay out and stay out of our forums. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDwayyo View Post
    Wow, after looking at two separate threads I realized you aren't contributing anything useful but simply giving your opinion which no one asked to hear... If you don't like this area then cool, stay out and stay out of our forums. Thanks!
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