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Level: Beginner
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +312/202 ft
Total: 102 riders
 

Mountain Biking Black Hill Regional Park

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#23 of 98 mountain bike trails in Maryland
#2295 in the world

http://www.mc-mncppc.org/trails/trails_maps/trailmap_pdfs/black_hill_trails.pdf

The 4.3-mile Black Hill Trail is asphalt surface for most of its length, but the mid-section of the
trail (6-mile RT) is natural surface and is steep and rocky in sections. The rest of the trails in the
park are natural surface. There are several trailheads from different parking lots around the
park. Use the .pdf map to see where the trails lead. I would rate this as intermediate b/c of the
rocks and roots in certain sections of the Hardrock Trail. VERY FUN RIDE!

Black Hill West is a fast flow trail addition to the original singletrack trails

First added by cbower2366 on May 11, 2020. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
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Black Hill Regional Park is a 1,300-acre park located in the northern part of Montgomery County, north of Germantown and west of I-270. Look for the Black Hill Regional Park exit signs off of I-270.
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  • rmap01   ✓ supporter
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    Rode here in the fall. The trails in the main area of the park (east of Clarksburg Rd) are mostly beginner friendly. There are some sections with rocks and some short climbs but nothing technical. It's probably a blast to ride at speed which I had to keep in check with wet leaves littering the trail. The Ten Mile Creek section on the west side of Clarksburg Rd is fun flowy singletrack (separate review).

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  • Homely
    Reviewing Ten Mile Creek:
    *****

    Lovely, extremely well maintained trail, very well marked (thanks MORE!). I'm pretty new to MTB having started just a year ago and this trail provided excellent opportunities to practice using my gears and working on climbing as well as pump track skills. My more experienced riding partner wasn't bored at all and enjoyed the swoops, fast downhills, and water crossings. Really something of a hidden gem.

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  • rmap01   ✓ supporter
    Reviewing Ten Mile Creek:
    *****

    I really enjoy riding this trail. It is relatively new (I believe MORE finished it within the last two years). It's got great flow and decent elevation change. Certain sections are set up like a pump track. The trail system favors riding at speed with lots of opportunities to catch some air on the numerous bumps. A couple of blind turns at the end of some of these shred sections so be forewarned. There are also a few (minor) stream crossings to add to the allure. A nice cardio workout as you climb out onto Clarksburg Rd which then becomes a short, but fun, downhill heading back. Kudos to MORE!

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  • dbane65
    *****

    Rode the Ten Mile Creek Trail. Nice fast flowy trail with great views of the lake. Similar to Allegrippis in PA.

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  • Ramzy Haddad
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    Nice park with plenty of trails, be sure to check out the hoyles mill connector and ride it all the way to scaeffer!

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  • David Giambarresi
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    Not quite as awesome as Schaffer but still tons of fun to be had. Certainly less mountain bike traffic. Love that you can link the two systems if you're up for an epic.

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  • AJ711
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    Did a quick lap around Hard Rock, Cabin Branch and Hamilton Trail and while they are not long on the miles, the park is quite fun. Hard Rock is full of just that, HARD ROCKS! I kicked up at least 3 into my shins. Cabin Branch and Hamilton wind their way along the hills in the area and are quite fun. Overall, a great place for beginner or intermediate level riders, or head up Hoyles Mill from Schaeffer and tack on a bunch of extra miles to your day out. Black Hills is definitely worth it.

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  • Team_Rubythroat
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    rode this last summer. There is now a new paved black hill trail but the unpaved trail still exists. Only did a little of the old trail.

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  • TangoTeamLeader
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    This is the second ride of the season for me. It was nice and dry already. It had some climbs and rocks, but nothing very technical. The paths have been cleaned nicely for hikers and horse-riding, so do not expect any jumps or logs to hop. Overall, it is a nice, quick ride. The best thing about it is that there are so many trails you can make it into as long or short of a ride as you would like.

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  • cbhale
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    a fun ride - make sure that you don't get off the trail onto the paved path that goes around senecca lake. i definitely recommend the hard rock trail and field crest spur, although stay away when wet, because other than the usual responsible mountain biker reasons, they can get and stay really muddy under all the tree cover and just not be fun.

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