Rosaryville State Park - Mountain Biking

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Summary

The park has about 11 miles of singletrack trails that climb somewhere around 800 feet, and the jagged elevation profile looks worse than it actually is. Still, the trails — which consist of a perimeter loop and a shorter one that cuts into the southern end of the park — are twisty and hilly.

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Jason Devaney

Distance

11.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

13.9 miles

Difficulty

2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 hours

Seasonality

Spring, Summer, and Fall

Dog Friendly

Yes

Fees Permits

Yes

$3 day use pass for DC / Maryland residents, $5 out of state day pass.

Land Website

Rosaryville State Park

Review

Intro

At nearly 1,000 acres, Rosaryville State Park occupies a large footprint in the shadow of Andrews Air Force Base, just outside of the nation's capital. The park has about 11 miles of singletrack trails that climb somewhere around 800 feet, and the jagged elevation profile looks worse than it actually is. Still, the trails — which consist of a perimeter loop and a shorter one that cuts into the southern end of the park — are twisty and hilly.

What Makes It Great

Rosaryville State Park is located in Upper Marlboro, Md., part of Prince George's County to the west of Washington, D.C. Andrews Air Force Base, known as the place where the President of the United States flies in and out of, is just three miles down the road. Keep this in mind while you're riding — maybe you'll catch a glimpse of Air Force Once coming in for landing!

The park's perimeter trail encircles the property, and it features tons of tight, banked turns on singletrack. You'll have plenty of opportunities to rail some berms at top speed.

The outer trail measures just under 9 miles, while the inner trail, which hooks up with the outer one at the southern end of the park, is about 2 miles. Both are well marked and it's easy to hop onto the inner trail from the perimeter route — just follow the markers.

Starting at the northern end of the park and riding clockwise, you'll have a quick downhill before the trail points up for about a quarter mile. There's another short and quick downhill after that, and the rest of the first 5 or so miles follow a similar pattern. The small hills are more spread out on the second half of the entire 11-mile route.

When we say hills, however, we're talking about sections that mostly climb 30-50 feet. The highest point on the trail is a mere 235 feet above sea level. So again, the elevation profile isn't as bad as it looks on paper.

Who is Going to Love It

Experienced riders will love the trails in this park, which were designed in part by Rich Edwards of the International Mountain Biking Association. There are tons of banked corners that make for a super fun ride.

Newer riders will also like the trails for similar reasons — this park is a great place to get used to cornering at speed on a mountain bike. Have a buddy stand off to the side and ask him to take video of your turns. Watch the video while enjoying a cold drink in the parking lot afterward. Better yet, bring a helmet cam and capture your whole ride.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Rosaryville State Park is located in Upper Marlboro, Md. There are several ways to get there, but try taking Rt. 4 to 223 south, and then Marlboro Pike to South Osborne Road. The park entrance is down that way. Parking is available and a small entrance fee applies.

Location

Rosaryville State Park

7805 W Marlton Ave
Upper Marlboro, MD, 20772
38.775812, -76.81903

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