Bacon Ridge Natural Area

4.38 out of 5
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Trail Description
About this trail
Phase 2 was completed in late 2016 adding nearly 4 miles of new trail and a few features. Bacon Ridge is a multi-use linked loop traiil system. Trails are beginner-friendly with some punchy climbs and mostly smooth surfaces. Very few roots and rocks, but there are a few logs on the second phase. More details on Facebook or MORE-MTB website. Access and parking is available off Hawkins Road in Crownsville
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
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Q: Hunting season starts Friday, any suggestions for riding these trails! -Ray Gignac

A: Hunting is allowed by permit in BRNA, so some hunters use the trails for access. The trails remain open during hunting seasons

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Q: car camp at trailhead? seems like a no go after googlemaps... anywhere else to crash besides a nudist campground?? -Jesse Scovell

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Reviews (24)


October 12, 2019
rmap01 Doubletrack  
Review: Phase 3 is now officially open. It is comprised of a series of 5 loops and adds about 5-6 mile of trail. This section is a bit more advanced with the trails being more narrow with many off camber sections. This section will force you to work harder as there is also greater elevation change and a bit less flow than Phase 1 and 2 where you can really shred at speed. Really nice place to ride. Kudos to MORE.


August 18, 2019
Review: These trails are awesome. 3 rollercoaster loops of insane fun. Smooth with some roots. Great flow. Like if allegreppis and whiteclay had a baby it would be bacon ridge. Ride it.


March 26, 2019
rmap01 Doubletrack  
Review: This is an enjoyable trail system. At this time, the Phase I & II trails are complete and Phase III is in development. For the most part the trails are fairly wide, flowy and well groomed which provides a good opportunity to ride at speed. There is also decent elevation change so you can get a good workout in especially if you do multiple laps. There are also a few scattered features to practice on, mostly log piles. From what I can tell of Phase III it appears that it will be a bit more advanced with the trails a bit more narrow with even greater elevation change.

Similar Trail: Rosaryville (Outer Loop)

Bunny Hop

March 1, 2019
Review: I was really excited to ride these trails, maybe I was hyped up to much and expected more. Theyre fast, flowy, really easy to navigate... after 2.5 hours I was bored. These trails are awesome considering nothing else like this exist in AA co.

Similar Trail: Rosaryville


April 30, 2018
Review: See my prior review. Just rode yesterday for first time in 2018 season. Seems like more bermed turns and features that you can either ride around or go over. Features are mostly log piles, with one drop over a fallen tree (new) and one jump (was there last year). Trail itself remains rather non-technical, although there are a lot of ups and downs which will twst your cardio and shifting. Check out my Youtube Channel DADventureTV soon for a video. Watch my bars- you'll see they are not bouncing much. It seemed more fun this year, but maybe that's just me.

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February 8, 2018
fishboy316 Gramcounter  
Review: I love to ride this trail! Mostly flow. It is now about 8 miles and getting permits for 8-10 new miles to be built. Most all the folks I have seen there seem to get along pretty well. There are hikers and at times hunters. Most are respectful of the others. All in all a great place to ride.

Similar Trail: Rosarryville

Granny Gear

October 30, 2017
Review: Fantastic Flowy Singletrack Tons of fun flowy curves. You'll really learn how to corner your bike out here. Nothing technical, some slightly steep climbs/descents. Bring your energy legs and you'll really get the most out of how fast the trail rides. Conditions are almost always hard pack grippy sand/dirt. Drains very well after rain, not many spots that hold water. Great fun out here!

Similar Trail: Rosaryville


August 4, 2017
Review: Thought that it went pretty well misjudged some inclines and had to walk my bike up. 2nd bike ride this week...finally!! Too much rain these last 3 days. Oh on the higher elevations, it was dry and could go fast. On the lower elevations muddy and some puddles in areas. Overall I still give it 4 stars. Just over 5 1/2 miles in about 52 min.


June 24, 2017
Review: Too wet people turned around after less than 50 feet


June 22, 2017
Review: Fast and Fun. Probably the least technical ride I've ridden in DC area so far, but as a result you can really fly on this trail which is why the 4 stars. The trail itself is mostly smooth, rolling hills and lots of turns. To get the max fun factor out of this trail be prepared to be on the pedals going all out and sliding around a lot of turns. Some parts can be narrow. Best to either bring a hardtail or lock out your rear suspension so you're not bobbing around. Short- only 6 miles- although I may have missed a small half to 1 mile loop. If you start on lower trail just turn left every time; if you start on the upper trail turn right, and you will wind up back at start at the other entrance- Its a loop trail. I read on some posts there is hunting during hunting season in WMA which is what trail is in, so check that if going out in fall or winter.

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Bacon Ridge Natural Area MTB Trail 4.38 out of 5 based on 24 ratings. 24 user reviews.
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