Cabin John Trail

3.42 out of 5
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↑ 1,700 ft
↓ 1,700 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
Within the park there is decent network of trails to ride. Nothing technically really. It\'s a fun ride in the woods. The best section of the trail is outside the park actually. The south side of the trail ends on Democracy Blvd near it\'s intersection with Seven Locks road. Make a left on Seven Locks rd and pedal (~.25 mi) until you see a sign (clearly marked, can\'t miss it) for the Cabin John trail. The section between Seven Locks and Bradley Blvd is sweet, sweet singletrack with some nice decents/climbs depending on dircection, but only 1.5 miles. The next section between Bradley Blvd and River Rd is just okay. It\'s flats but really, really rooted everywhere. The next section between Bradley Blvd and Seven Locks lower down is nothing special. The next section along Seven Locks is fun and a bit more tech with sharp cornering and 2 tight stream crossings. After that section the trail becomes a hike a bike unless your super man.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (20)


June 19, 2017
Review: 12.5 miles if you do out and back from River Rd to Goya Dr. Plus a few more miles of trails added north of Goya. Not best ride in the area but it's the closest to the city that I can think of. A couple of road crossings and one half mile ride on road down Seven Locks Blvd and onto Democracy. But it's a good workout, fun (has some fast parts), and a few rocks and roots in places. Downside is it's def a multiuse trail with (depending on the day and time) a lot of hikers and dog walkers. So sometimes just as you have a chance to bomb something you have to slow down for them. But, did I mention how close it is??

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Granny Gear

June 13, 2017
epcharles Granny Gear  
Review: Really Fun trail with great flowy flat parts and plenty of elevation change. Flows right next to a creek for perfect scenery. *BEST PLACE TO START IS ACROSS THE STREET FROM WHERE CARDEROCK SPRINGS DRIVE MEETS RIVER RD*

Granny Gear

June 13, 2017
epcharles Granny Gear  
Review: Really Fun trail with great flowy flat parts and plenty of elevation change. Flows right next to a creek for perfect scenery.

Bunny Hop

June 7, 2015
mtblegend6 Bunny Hop  
Review: Great trail! For bikers looking for a small challenge!

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Granny Gear

May 18, 2015
WDT15 Granny Gear  
Review: I always enjoy this trail, but it's nothing too special. I park near the dog park/train area and then catch the trail at the south end of the lot, where you can connect to the rest (either go south under the power lines or stay straight to do the northern section up to Goya). Can get crowded with hikers and dog walkers if you go at peak times, and the road crossings can be a pain, but overall gives you a decent workout without the far drive to some spots (if you're in DC or Montgomery County). Some rocky sections to challenge you but not too much in the way of hills. Note there is some annoying dredging activity along the creek/stream so be prepared for that. Overall a solid ride and workout.

Granny Gear

April 8, 2015
suco Granny Gear  
Review: Nice track to train during weekdays in the afternoon. Some road crossings are problematic in rush hour, but some parts are really fun.

Granny Gear

February 9, 2015
russ2550 Granny Gear  
Review: We only did the section of Bradley to River Rd. but thought it was a fun ride. Not a very hilly section thankfully and besides the heavy mud a good flowing trail. My only issue is that the amount of dog walkers is pretty heavy on the weekend..

Granny Gear

August 2, 2014
BGO Granny Gear  
Review: This is a great trail! Lots of fun mountain biking to be done here. Took my friend and I about an hour and a half round trip. There are definitely some difficult parts (tight turns, tall roots, big rocks), and I actually took a pretty nasty fall at one point (something that could have been avoided had I been a little bit more careful going down the hill), but overall a very pleasant ride! I would definitely recommend it to any beginner or intermediate level mountain biker. The trail is not crowded (saw a few hikers but that was about it) so you can really go at whatever pace you want. Enjoy!

Granny Gear

May 9, 2014
gsrobinson Granny Gear  
Review: Fun trail to ride in the middle of a weekday! Can get crowded on the weekends though.


May 26, 2013
Review: Great trail, I found a way to go around the hill by Shirley Povich Field. There iis also a nice doubletrack, fire roadish, gravel/dirt path underneath the powerlines if you are not as experienced.

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Cabin John Trail MTB Trail 3.42 out of 5 based on 20 ratings. 20 user reviews.
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