Emmitsburg Watershed

4.36 out of 5
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↑ 1,900 ft
↓ 1,900 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
The info and maps come from a trail builder I met. I will add more info soon but here's what I have from him.

The trails have a beginner loop(green) about 2.5 miles closest to the lake and intermediate loops(yellow) about 5 miles but will ride as more. The intermediate loops have more climbing than your typical trails and are basically 2 loops joined by a mile of trail that links them together and that takes you on the road for about 40 ft around a private driveway. There is also a out and back completed across the street from the lake parking area down the road a bit. Out and back is accessed from the trail that leads to the upper loop. When you come out on the road look across and there is a trail. There is also a more beginner/intermediate trail directly across from the lake parking area. Fun layers of trail with switchbacks, great flow and pump sections. Closed for hunting Sept Through Feb except on Sundays. Also closed for Turkey Season except Sundays.
added by Alex NINDoubletrack
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Thanks -Tom Bartley

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Q: When When does hunting season Fall 2015 start? -Tom Bartley

A: I believe it's already started so Sundays are the only safe day to ride now.

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Reviews (14)


May 16, 2019
Review: Great trail for the moderate or advanced rider.Plenty of rocks and good flow in other areas.Well marked.Parking is very limited in some places.

Similar Trail: Gambrill state park

Granny Gear

August 29, 2018
W.Woods Granny Gear  
Review: I love riding Emmitsburg trail system for a quick afterwork workout. There is some nice flow sections as well as some tech climes. Short and sweet this is a nice spot to ride for intermediate riders. The trails across the road from Rainbow Lake are better for beginners. I've taken my lady who is new to single track riding and she was not overwhelmed but still challenged.


February 7, 2018
rmap01 Doubletrack  
Review: Rode here in the middle of a hot, humid summer day and the trail kicked my a$$. What's cool about this trail system is that the trail blazes are listed in order of difficulty. Just beware that "beginner" here is not your typical beginner flow trail. If you're into rocks, more rocks and elevation with rocks you'll love this place. Great workout!

June 21, 2016
Review: Some technical, some flow, definitely a fun ride with various skill levels

Granny Gear

May 31, 2016
brknhal0 Granny Gear  
Review: A great trail with a lot of diversity. The trails I have done so far have ranged from tight switchbacks to rock gardens to fast hard-packed to leg-burning climbs. Very enjoyable trail-system.

Granny Gear

March 28, 2016
BGringo Granny Gear  
Review: Great hidden gem in the Emmitsburg area. The colored trails really helped and it was fairly well mapped out. The initial description reads right, it's about 5 miles but rides longer. Great climbs with rock gardens, but makes the descents worthwhile. Did notice another "pink" area aside from the yellow and green across the street, but will be checking that out in the very near future.

Granny Gear

March 26, 2016
Review: If you love chomping on rock gardens of all types, this is the place for you. I had a blast navigating up and down them on the orange and red blazed trails. The last 1/4 miles of orange trail has some quick trail with nice berms, before it dumps you on Annandale Rd. I would really like to get back there soon, now that I know my way around the trail system. With that said, the trails were a bit hard to follow at times, but I believe this was likely due to leaf scatter and lack of riding.

Granny Gear

August 13, 2015
Yabo72 Granny Gear  
Review: Twoaim trails that I saw. One across the road from the lake is a zig zag climb and back down. Lot of fun. Well maintained. Good jumps and banked turns. Very fun! Other more expert across the bridge next to lake is steep narrow climb and narrow paths throughout. Decent but confusing paths and not as maintained. Better physical challenge but not as fun as the other.

Granny Gear

May 17, 2015
Antney02 Granny Gear  
Review: If you like rock gardens this is the place for you. Inclines with rocks, declines with rocks, plenty of rocks.


February 1, 2015
Charlie29 Gramcounter  
Review: The new out and back or should I say down and up trail rocks! Fast with some technical areas to mix things up a bit.
The original Trail is a bit more challenging, a lot of rocks! Great work out though.

Emmitsburg Watershed MTB Trail 4.36 out of 5 based on 14 ratings. 14 user reviews.
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