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Level: Intermediate
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +72/74 ft
Total: 81 riders
 

Mountain Biking Bacon Ridge Natural Area

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#8 of 97 mountain bike trails in Maryland
#835 in the world

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

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • Restrooms 
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Trail Head: 1822 Hawkins Road Crownsville, MD 21032
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Rider questions

Q: Hunting season starts Friday, any suggestions for riding these trails!
A: Hunting is allowed by permit in BRNA, so some hunters use the trails for access. The trails remain open during hunting seasons

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

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  • rmap01
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    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.

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  • VECON Sports
    *****

    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.

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  • rmap01
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    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.

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  • tonetonitony
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    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.

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  • DADventureTV
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    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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  • fishboy316
    *****

    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.

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  • Bryan Crance
    *****

    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!

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  • Gottatrysomething
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    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.

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  • DADventureTV
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    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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  • Gottatrysomething
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    So yesterday I did both phase one and phase two of the trail. In phase one, there were some places that had the potential for speed if you are the type of rider who likes to go fast. Phase two was a little more technical due to more exposed roots, steep grades, and logs. If you don't pay attention, you may have issues. The overall trail did have some wet areas but you can go around it to minimize trail damage. Ultimately, it was great and I consider this trail my favorite so far.

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  • Gottatrysomething
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    So as someone had said, this isn't a beginner course. It's tricky in places especially where there are logs that are anywhere from 2-3 inches to almost a foot tall. There are definitely some really tight turns and yeah I had some spills. However I had some fun and I was able to speed through some areas of the trail. I'm gonna do it again. Practice practice practice.

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  • Hyemic
    *****

    The expansion for phase 2 has begun. November 13th was the start of even more great trails.

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  • FlashGordonThrash
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    Brilliant for what it is. Total beginner but a good places to sort out some fitness, speed and cornering. Need a thirty, 45 minute ride this is a good one if you live close. You can easily do a loop in 15 minutes so be prepared to shred the same stuff multiple times. Not technical at all (which is why you will see some road/cyclocross out there) but not every trail needs to be. Well built and will drain well over the rainy season so should be good year round. Looking forward to it expanding.

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  • carolc
    ****

    Very nice trail but not as 'beginner' as I had read. The hills on the back loop are a good challenge. Watch for some tight switchbacks on hills. We went counter clockwise - enter up the trail on the far right. When you come to a fork, go right. This takes you to the back part of the loop with hills. If you go left you skip the hills and it's a shorter loop. If you are looking for a real beginner trail, Rockburn is a better bet (plus longer and more route options).

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  • Nairb
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    Giving this a 4 rating just from its location to my house - 15 minutes away! Super easy to get to compared to PTVP or Rosaryville. Not technical - I took my entire family including my 7-year old daughter. She struggled with some of the hills on her single speed but did well. Looking forward to the expansion plans.

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  • fishboy316
    *****

    This is a relatively new trail system. It is only about3 miles long at this time. It is flowing and fun. There are some roots but not to bad and not over 2 inches high or so. Has a couple good climbs on the property and is a great after work place to go. It is set up with the climbs being on a back loop so you can have a choice as to doing them or not. This makes it rather family friendly. The builders/designers have phase 2 flagged and ready to start but have run into some snags in the bureaucracy. There is in the end to be around 20 or so miles of singletrack.

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  • axxman
    *****

    Wonderful trail for a short ride after work really enjoyed it it seems like it was really designed by people who understand mountain biking

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