Maryland - Motorcycle Roads and Riders

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Mention Maryland and many people think of the gritty city of Baltimore. In actuality, Maryland is a state full of rolling hills and mountains, charming small towns, and lots of historical sites. Parts of Maryland also lie on the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Motorcyclists will find plenty of varying terrain and beautiful scenery to keep them entertained in Maryland.

One of the prettiest sections of Maryland is the mountainous Cumberland area, especially in the fall, where the trees change their leaf colors to blazing reds, oranges, and yellows. MD-51 is a nice 26-mile ride from Paw Paw to Cumberland. This road has some elevation changes and great views.

Savage River Road is a short but sweet, 17-mile fun road that stretches from Merrill to Bloomington in Garrett County. This route passes through both Savage River State Forest and Big Run State Park and is full of nice undulating curves. For the most part, this beautiful tree-lined road is well paved.

Loch Raven in Baltimore County is another short ride that is very twisty. This is a popular ride with local bikers who want to test their skills on this road’s many curves. It is also a scenic tree-lined ride with views of the Loch Raven Reservoir. Motorcyclists can pick Loch Raven Drive up from Dulaney Valley Road.

For riders interested in a longer twisty road, State Route 17 is 29 miles of fun asphalt that carves through rural Maryland from Smithsburg to Brunswick. Route 17 boasts a number of sweepers and straight a ways where you can let the throttle out. There are several charming small towns along this route that look like they have been frozen in time. One of the towns is Burkittsville, population 171, which gained fame as the setting for the groundbreaking 1999 horror flick, “The Blair Witch Project.” Interestingly enough, Burkittsville is also the site of a locally known phenomenon called Spook Hill or Gravity Hill. Legend has it that vehicles will roll uphill when parked on Spook Hill.

Riders looking for something a little out of the ordinary should point their bikes toward White’s Ferry, which is the only cable ferry remaining on the Potomac River. The streets through Poolesville leading up to White’s Ferry on the Maryland side are beautiful country roads that make for a pleasant ride. Once at the ferry, motorcyclists and their bikes can take a ride across the beautiful Potomac River. When White's Ferry reaches the Virginia side, riders can either choose to return back to the Maryland side via the ferry again or take Virginia’s White’s Ferry Road to Route 15 North, which will eventually take them to Point of Rocks Maryland. From Point of Rocks, riders will then take Route MD-28 East to Martinsburg Road until they reach Whites Ferry Road. Finally, they will turn right onto Whites Ferry Road, which will bring them back to the ferry.

Each year, a number of rallies and motorcycle events are held in Maryland. The largest rally is the Delmarva Bike Week, which is held in the fall in Ocean City. This rally features lots of live musical acts, a poker run and other motorcycle-related contests.

Bikers in western Maryland can look forward to Apple’s East Coast Motorcycle Rally, which was formerly known as the East Coast Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. This event is held over five days in August in Little Orleans. This is an adults-only biker party with live music and lots of motorcycle-related activities, including a motorcycle demolition derby.

 

 

Disclaimer:  All information is provided as a service to motorcycle riders, and the opinions expressed here are subjective. Although we have tried to research this information thoroughly, it is possible that changing circumstances can cause this information to become inaccurate. In addition, the conditions and roads described can change without notice for a number of reasons, including closings, weather conditions and maintenance. Motorcycle events such as rallies and rides may also be cancelled or dates changed without notice, as well. This site is not responsible for these types of circumstances, which are beyond our control, and riders relying on this information will be doing so at their own risk. This site is not liable for any actions a rider takes based on the information provided here.  Please consult other sources before heading out on these roads and do not use the directions given here as a map, as again, circumstances may have affected their accuracy.