Frederick Watershed

4.50 out of 5
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↑ 1,000 ft
↓ 1,400 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
The Catoctin Blue trail, which is a great ride, pretty much bisects the area from north to south. However, the glory of this area is the myraid of offshoots that go every which way through the woods. There is everything from Gambrill-style cross-country to killer DH with major hucking opportunity, but ya' gotta look for it. There's something for everyone except novices. There are no mpas so hook up with a local or take the time to explore. You can spend many days here and not find it all. I'll be back as often as I can until I move out of the DC area. It's great to know there's a place I'll never outgrow. From the parking area in the directions, head North and have a great time!
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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December 12, 2018
Ken Harris Doubletrack  
Review: As a kid I spent many weekends here with my dad camping, fishing & hunting. So returning here to ride my bike brings back a lot of great memories. Many of the double-track "trails" used to be "gravel fireroads" but are so full of ruts, rocks and logs that I can't imagine seeing a motorized vehicle on them. As has been state in other reviews, there are a lot of choices here and most are intermediate to advanced. A few of the double tracks could be ridden by a novice, but you will likely be walking your bike a bit. Some of the trails are well marked with colored blazes on the trees and a few signs. Others are not marked at all but using a mapping app you can usually figure out where are you in relation to the marked trails. Go and enjoy a day of adventure!

Granny Gear

August 29, 2018
W.Woods Granny Gear  
Review: I've ridden the Frederick Watershed all summer long and am still finding new offshoots and hidden features. This is a awesome spot and one of Fredericks best kept secrets.

Granny Gear

July 13, 2018
odyssey660 Granny Gear  
Review: Best trails in Maryland, Period. But don't come if you don't like rocks.

Similar Trail: Gambrill


December 17, 2017
Review: Follow the link below for an awesome highlight video from Frederick Watershed! To be honest I was a little disappointed when I first arrived at Frederick Watershed. Mountain biking here can be a bit confusing since the place is so big, but once you find the right trails you are in free ride/dh heaven! I was lucky enough to meet up with some locals who were doing shuttle runs and they showed me some of the real good stuff. The main mapped trails that I rode are pretty basic. Once you get a bit more off of the beaten path you will find the raw stuff. There are a ton of 'push' trails that you can push your bike to the top and blast down some pretty aggressive stuff. There is also a solid set of enduro/dh trails that the locals do shuttle runs at regularly. When in doubt, find a local! Enjoy the video! I post new videos from different spots in the Northeast every Monday, so be sure to subscribe for more!

Granny Gear

May 24, 2017
Review: Participated in a group ride here. It was great!

Granny Gear

March 22, 2017
kcflower Granny Gear  
Review: Plenty of trail here to ride for a few days. But no maps. We had a great time, but it was definitely helpful running into a few locals on the trail. Lots of technical climbing and some gnarly downhills. A blast of a time, tho.

March 7, 2016
Review: Tons of options for great riding out here. From rocky and rooty singletrack to techy rock drops on the "push" trails. So much fun.


August 21, 2012
Review: Pedaled over to the resevoir from Gambrill and a buddy shuttled us up to the top to get in a few sick DH runs. If you can get shuttled...I highly reccomend this place. I've heard that there is a group doing shuttle runs once a week as well but didn't catch any details.

April 10, 2012
Review: Only got to explore about 2 miles of this trail system, but it is definitely full of challenges; it has some pretty rough rock gardens and it doesn't disappoint


January 22, 2012
dubinjs Gnarly  
Review: Some of the best riding on the East coast in my opinion. Its by far the best riding in MD. Depending on what trails your riding, most of this area is not for beginers and will test the metal of your bike. Big climbs, big DH, lots of rocks and boulders, stream/ creek crossing, and tons of amazing views. These trails are not marked, othet than the Blue trail. There is a ton of stuff in this area, but you will need a guide or join one of the MORE club rides. Thats the local trail advocate group in MD/VA.

Frederick Watershed MTB Trail 4.50 out of 5 based on 12 ratings. 12 user reviews.
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