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Level: Advanced
Length: 15 mi (24.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +790/ -736 ft
Total: 64 riders

Mountain Biking Susquehanna

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#24 of 99 mountain bike trails in Maryland
#1,792 in the world

A lot of hills here. A hard ride. Lots of erosion logs. Can be frustrating. There are 4 main trails. The first one starts near the parking area. That one leads to the second one which starts at the steps that you passed on the way into the park. This ends at a parking area where you can take a loop that brings you back around to there. The fourth one is out through the parking area across deer creek and follows the Susquehanna River back to where you parked.

First added by alvin.santoy on Nov 15, 2004. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Take I-95 to Route 155, exit 89. Proceed west on Route 155 to Route 161. Turn right on Route 161 and then right on Rock Run Road. Follow Rock Run Road to the park. Park at the bottom along the river.
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Q: Hi, I have not ridden a mountain bike in many years. Was looking to get back into it at Susquhanna. Don't want to get crazy with a bike. Do you think a Giant Talon or Trek Marlin would work? Wouls appreciate any suggestions. Thanks
A: Might want to start at Patapsco or Gunpowder before Susquehanna. Susquehanna is tough and not always enjoyable

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  • Geoff Doyle

    One of my favorite State Parks on the planet and it's right in my back yard. I know it best from trail running - but when I bring the MTB it's like falling in love all over again. There are multiple entry points - some you have to pay for, others you do not. I recommend either the Rock Run Mill lot or the Maintenance Shed lot (which has a portajohn usually) ... if you are using the camp sites you have a lot of really great options onto the trains. These are challenging trails, hills, rocks, steep climbs/descents and a few open fields and "flowy" sections ... and as mentioned some equestrian use, but nothing like Fair Hill. Not too many bridges, but plenty of naturally challenging spots to choose from. If you get a hold of a good map you can plan out a 9 to 13 mile loop, or pick a smaller one and repeat if you want to work on certain sections, etc. I noticed some work on the Mason-Dixon trail section that I would not recommend for MTB yet unless you are a good rock hopper. If you are in the area give this one a try!

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  • MaBaLa$iK

    i will say that this is one of the most challenging trail in a area, its a very good state park and the trail are well maintain thanks for "SAMBA" whose taking care of it, there is good marks that lead you to another trails. i had so much fun riding this trail i started from south so park my car by lapidum rd by the boat launches area there is $2 fee for MD resident $4 for non resident. i started on red trail then took (white land of promise trail) then (yellow rock run trail) then ( orange ivy branch trail) then pick up the (blue farm road trail) then hit the (green deer creek trail) where you will see two big trees and hit the (red ridges trail on my way back..
    all those trail are amazing some roots, rocks, ledges lots of climbs that get your heart rate going but its paid off afterwards those down hill are fun could catch some air if you good at it.. i believe anywhere you start or how you want to do your loops its going to be a good result..for me its well worth it trail driving 80 miles. oh one thing you will see a blue mark on red trail i dont know why but the (blue farm ridge trail) has no red mark on it.. have fun riding hope this review can helps

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  • sensorgt14

    I like the trail, I don't like horses.

    I've ridden this trail and I will ride it again, this trail would score higher if more people with bikes ride it.

    This trail has a lot to offer someone who wants to be challenged, it's not just a peddle through the park trail. It has a lot of climbing, some really cool descents, one hell of a stream crossing if you ride to it. All sorts of true mountain biking fun

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  • akrantz

    This may be the nicest State Park i have ever been to. The trials are tough. There are a lot of sustained climbs. There are some washouts too but it's not too bad. I stayed on the less tech routes after getting started since I am still a beginer.

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  • Joe Weston Fleck

    Steep learning curve. Unforgiving roots, logs and rocks. Come as a novice and let this park teach you.

    I recommend starting the North loop first, then continuing south on the ridge trail. There is a knee deep creek you might get across jumping rock to rock, but plan on taking your shoes off.

    $4 parking fee at the lot

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  • jfigel76

    I am not sure why this trail is rated advanced, but it is not. Intermediate at best, with some sections as easy. Nice network of trails and a nice mix of terrain from single track to forest road.

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  • John Fisch

    As I unloaded the bike, I thought "This is going to be lame." I was quite mistaken. There is high quality singletrack here with brutal climbs and fun, moderately technical downhills. If you ride the Susquehanna Ridge Trail (marked red) from north to south, you get the best bang for your buck in terms of a not too miserable climb followed by a rippin' downhill. This is not the place to take a noob.

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  • elf_231

    This trail is a very good workout though it lacks sadly on downhills, has long tough uphills but the downhills just dont pay off for all the work of getting there, despite this i enjoyed the ride itself and would do it again and wud reccomend any1 to give ths trail a try.

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  • getonthetrail

    This trail has it all, tight single track with nice climbs (nothing too bad), some great downhill sections with logs and rocky areas. Keep an eye out for horses as there are equestrian trails intertwined.

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  • xc_fool

    Worthwhile trail. Good climbs up and down the river banks, some fast areas.

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