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St.Marys Lake

Average Rating:    (3.59 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 39

awsome! lots of streamcrossings, muddy after rains, lots-o-roots, full mtn.bike friendlt trail, no double track for you!
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Latitude
38.2517630243725
Longitude
-76.54153347015381
Trail Directions
take 5 south of Leonardtown, turn onto the road that has the signs for St.Marys River State Park
Trail Length
8 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Great Mills-Leonardtown
   


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Review Date
October 8, 2014

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Matt ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This has been my 'home trail' for the last 2+ years. I'm a moderate/intermediate MTBr and this trail is NEVER boring. I continue to hone my skills on this trail. Tons of roots, bridges, short uphills, short down hills, short flat/fast sections and there’s always the possibility of getting muddy and fairly dirty each time you ride it (who doesn’t like to get dirty?!). This trail is a mix of a lot of cool stuff.

I’ve ridden a 26r Hard Tail the majority of my time here, but recently had the chance to ride a 29r full suspension bike. With the HT, I had to carefully choose my line (there’s some BIG roots out there) but with the 29r FS it’s SO MUCH MORE FUN! The 29r FS just rolls over anything and everything! Depending on the type of bike you have, the difficulty changes, but don’t be discouraged in coming to ride this trail, It’s worth it regardless of skill set or bike type. I would travel up to an hour or so to ride this trail, I think it’s that good. This is not a trail for the young kids 10 and under (unless they are REALLY confident and have a legit kids MTB) or you don’t mind walking a lot of sections. Head to Cedarville with the young kids and ride the Orange trail for a VERY positive MTB experience!

Recommended Route:
First time riding, I’d go counter clockwise (I think it’s a bit faster/easier this way). Second time, switch it up and go clockwise (I think it’s a bit more technical going clockwise direction for some reason). Fun both ways for sure.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
It's an hour away, but Cedarville is a VERY family friendly (super flat) MTB trail. I hear FountainHead is awesome too.



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Review Date
October 26, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Richard ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
New this year some additional trails have been added. These offer some nice speed sections. As a local, I ride this trail at least 2-5 times a week. There is a standard 7.5 mile loop that has been improved considerably. Expect roots, sand if it has been dry and some fast single track. The muddy sections are traversed by some wooden bridges, making them not to difficult. Allin all a fun trail with no real technical challenges.

Recommended Route:
Either way is good. If you go clockwise you jump right in to the hilly/rooty sections. Counter clockwise offers some warm up first accross the dam.



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Review Date
May 12, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Gonyo73 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Just wanted to write an updated post to let people know this trail is still operational. No big changes from the previous posts;

Still lots of roots? Yep

Still muddy? Yep

Still lots of stream crossings? Yep

Fun? Yep

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rosaryville
Potapsco



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Review Date
May 25, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: gunner1 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
For rider used to Eastern PA rock gardens and super technical tight trails, this is a gem! Loved the flow, roots are fun for a change and a good hour and fifteen minute pace around the entire loop. Rode it counter clockwise but think it would be just as good the other way. Very well maintained trail and very well planned and built. Great little spot to ride. There is a $3 donation but well worth it.

Recommended Route:
Either way, clock or counter clock.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Don't know of any yet, but looking forward to finding them!



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Review Date
September 24, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: cbdad1972 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Trail is great any time; after long dry periods during the summer and fall you can go clock/counter cloak wise in a total of about 2 hours. Creeks are mostly dry with minimal water. I take my kids (11 and 7) on the trail clock-wise for the first mile out and back, semi-technical but at slow speeds it's great for them, or you can continue on the rock/gravel road another 1/2 mile.
For those of you who love to get muddy, go after or join me DURING a heavy rain. Some creek beds will get 2 - 3 feet deep, plenty of mud, plan to carry your bike through creeks, up a few hills and expect to crash. During rainy weather trail takes about 2 1/2 hours total.

Recommended Route:
doesn't matter...



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