Mountain Biking Patapsco Park – Avalon Area

Video by bbMTB

This video shows mountain biking at Patapsco State Park Maryland in the Avalon Area. Filmed with the GoPro Hero 7 Black using the chestie mount and the stuntman pack mount. Riding a Trek Stache 29er Plus Hardtail.

Information about the park below is from MORE (The Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts), Inc. MORE is a 501c (3) nonprofit organization representing thousands of Washington DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia mountain bikers.

Founded in 1992, MORE maintains hundreds of miles of natural-surface trails in over 50 state and county parks throughout the Washington DC Metropolitan region. MORE members contribute more than 10,000 volunteer hours annually and have constructed hundreds of miles of new, sustainable trail. You can donate to MORE here.

Patapsco Valley State Park

Howard, Baltimore, Carroll, and Anne Arundel Counties contain perhaps one of the best riding destinations in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore regions, Patapsco Valley State Park. The park extends for over 32 miles along the Patapsco River with developed trail systems linked from the Avalon Area in Elkridge to the south to the McKeldin Area in Marriottsville to the northwest. The park contains over 220 miles of trail, and most are open to bikes.

The Avalon Area in the park

In Celtic mythology, the word Avalon refers to an island paradise. The Avalon area of Patapsco Valley State Park might also be thought of as a “singletrack paradise” in the middle of two huge metropolitan areas.

Popular mountain biking playground

Known simply as the Avalon area by most cyclists, this small corner of the Patapsco Valley State Park is quite possibly one of Washington, D.C./Baltimore’s most popular mountain biking playgrounds. Avalon’s terrain is oftentimes severe and nearly always challenging, but for serious off-roaders, these conditions represent nothing less than prime mountain biking real estate.

It’s worth noting that there are countless routes within Patapsco Valley State Park. Given this area’s proximity to Baltimore, it’s easy to understand why this ideal section of parkland is so popular with off-road cyclists.


Parking in the Avalon Area is limited and this part of the park closes frequently during warm spells and weekends.

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