Rosaryville State Park

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Intermediate
10
miles

Singletrack
↑ 700 ft
↓ 700 ft
157
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
Trail Description: Rosaryville is an excellent mountain biking and equestrian destination with a main perimeter trail 8 miles in length. It consists of a lot of tight twisty singletrack with some short steep hills built and designed in cooperation with IMBA's trail building guru and former trail crew member Rich Edwards. There are beautiful overlooks, awesome flora and fauna, large open fields. The trails offer something for all levels, but tend toward moderate speed singletrack, with moderate climbs, and most of the trail is under the cool canopy of mature hardwoods. Some technical sections will require beginners to dismount, but intermediate riders should find most sections rideable and challenging. Trails are not crowded, but keep a close eye out for the occasional equestrian rider or hiker.

Cost for park access is $3 per Md. car and $4 per out of state vehicle. Ride in access is free so park at the nearby shopping center and ride in! Trail maps are available at the Mt. Airy mansion on the other side of the park off Rosaryville Rd. 8-4 weekdays or at the Cedarville Park complex or on the DNR web site at http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/trailguides.html
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Bunny Hop


October 12, 2017
rmap01 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Rosaryville is mostly about flow. The perimeter (outer) loop (~9 miles) has plenty of opportunity for riding at speed. If you ride clockwise, there's really only one noteworthy climb - right after a bridge crossing - which is very doable for those with decent cardio fitness. There's also a two mile "inner loop" about midway through the perimeter trail which adds variety in the form of obstacles, very narrow trails and several ledges where you can air it out. At the end of the inner loop you reconnect with the perimeter trail. Because this is a bit of a hike for me I like to do 2 or 3 laps. Just be careful of riders coming from the opposite direction especially around the blind curves. On a final note be forewarned that these trail do not drain well and should not be ridden a day or two after any meaningful rain or especially after the spring thaw.

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Granny Gear

October 7, 2017
Webbsa Granny Gear  
 
Review: Nice trail. Plenty of fast flow riding.

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Granny Gear

July 17, 2017
Laxkid18 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Went there yesterday 7/16 with my 10yo son and we had a blast. Ride the perimeter trail clockwise and we thought the first 3-3 miles was a bit harder than the rest, and the last 3-4 miles we found to be fast. Was wondering why something can't be done like clockwise only on M, W, F,Su, and counterclockwise only the other days. This in theory we oils remove the risk of blind turn collisions. Just a thought. Overall we loved it and we will be back.

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Granny Gear

May 24, 2017
 
Review: I love riding this loop twice. A great, flowly trail.

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Granny Gear

May 6, 2017
DCRhino Granny Gear  
 
Review: Awesome fast flowing single track roller coaster. Ride here all the time- its 5 mins from my office. Have ridden both clockwise and counter-clockwise. Counter has better downhills and is more fun overall IMO. Clockwise is more of a workout with tougher climbs. Perimeter trail is about 9 miles. Will take you 1.5 to 1.3 hours at nice pace, around an hour if you want to push it hardcore. My current PB here is 62 mins. Im 45 and intermediate and can ride whole thing with only one uphill with a root on counter clockwise run that I've never been able to get over. So hopefully that helps you get an idea of how long you will need and skill level. No need for FS- hardtail is best on this trail to get max speed out of it. Warm up those thumbs bc you will be doing a lot of shifting. Pedal every opportunity you get to get max speed and use your front top chainring a lot. I actually keep my rear deraileur in the middle of the cassette and often just switch my front deraileur for a lot of this- especially the flowy parts. Get into that top chainring just at you hit the crest and get the power on the pedals as you go over the crest. Then enjoy. A couple of granny or near granny gear climbs but short and not too bad. At the bridges get into smallest chainring up front and about middle in back just as you get to the brdige bc there will be a steep short uphill on other side. If you wait til you cross bridge to shift it will be too late and you are ... Well you know. Doing hike a bike for a few. This is a trail built for mountain biking unlike many that are converted from himing trails. That means the turns are designed for bikes, not real sharp like hiking trails. So you can really lean in and carry your momentum thru the turns. When it's dry on some turns you brake and slide around and then right back on the power- so be prepared to do some controlled slides if you want max speed. Get out of those clips! A few blind turns that are marked with signs. Be careful for oncoming traffic. And watch for horses-they can be out there. Remember it's two way. This trail is built for speed- get at it and enjoy. See you out there!!

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Granny Gear

April 30, 2017
skugrud Granny Gear  
 
Review: You can choose your direction based on personal experience or on others recommendations. One consideration is the counter clockwise will finish more elevation changes than clockwise. Although the elevation changes are overall minimal. I ride a 29er hard tail, and was comfortable riding this trail with the front fork locked out and spent most of my time in the big ring up front. Definitely a fun trail.

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Bunny Hop

April 20, 2017
Hyemic Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Excellent, flowy single track. I generally prefer to ride the 9ish mile loop clockwise. Trails are well maintained and clearly marked. Enjoy.

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Granny Gear

March 2, 2017
jdonnut Granny Gear  
 
Review: This was the perfect trail to get out on to start the season. Took advantage of global warming to go out on Feb. 25 and could not have asked for better weather, until the hail started.Overall this was the perfect trail to get warmed up with. The tight banked turns kept things interesting and the rolling hills with no steep upgrades kept me in the saddle working the whole time.

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Bunny Hop


January 31, 2017
rmap01 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: I really enjoy riding here. Trail has great flow. The outer loop is about 9 miles but there is also a 2 mile inner loop which has quite a few log-overs and some decent launch points to get some air. There are some decent climbs that make it a good workout and plenty of opportunities for speed. Worth the 45 min drive.

Similar Trail: SRT

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Bunny Hop

September 18, 2016
wkruse Bunny Hop  
 
Review: This is a great 9 mile loop close to DC. You can't get lost, since there aren't any trails that really branch off. There isn't much in the way of technical riding. Just a long, flowing roller coaster of nice singletrack. There are a couple spots where you can try your hand at some small natural drops, but there are small detours around those for those that aren't willing to give it a go. This is a great trail to go fast if you are an intermediate rider and a great learning trail if you are a beginner. Have fun.

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