Frederick County Heritage Bicycle Tours

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There are hundreds of miles of paved roads in Frederick County, many excellent for bicycling. The Heritage Bicycle Tours brochure and the Frederick History Bicycle Loop brochure offer cyclists a way to discover the area's rich history and scenic landscapes.

Heritage Bicycle Tour Routes
Brochure Cover.jpgThe Heritage Bicycle Tours brochure features five distinct tours that have their own unique experiences. They include:

  • City of Frederick "Campaign Ride"- Ride through the heart of Downtown Frederick and visit several resources related to the American Civil War.
  • North County Bridge Sampler – In northern Frederick County, drive along scenic rural roads to explore Frederick’s three fully operational covered bridges by bike.
  • Transportation Heritage Trail - This mostly flat route with rolling portions takes visitors along the C&O Canal and through historic sites and towns.
  • Catoctin Mountain Challenge - This tour traverses Catoctin Mountain, the 50-mile long ridge that runs from Emmitsburg, MD to Leesburg, VA. The route takes bikers through a myriad of parklands with optional rural gravel roadways and off-road trails that branch off of the main route.
  • Spirits of Burkittsville - This ride focuses on the town of Burkittsville with a population of less than 200 that was made famous by the movie The Blair Witch Project. Riders will learn about South Mountain Battlefield, whiskey distillery heritage, and Gathland State Park.

Download an online version of the Heritage Bicycle Tour now or pick one up at the Frederick Visitor Center or call 1-800-999-3613 for more information.

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Frederick History Bicycle Loop
The Frederick History Bicycle Loop brochure guides riders through the streets, alleys and paths of historic Downtown Frederick. The 10-mile loop guides the rider through 21 sites in Frederick’s 50-block historic district and through the city’s famous Clustered Spires.  Featuring the final resting place of Francis Scott Key, the Barbara Fritchie House, and many other historic structures and sites, the tour is as educational as it is scenic. Best of all, when you’re finished you can grab a bite or a pint at one of Frederick’s many restaurants or cafes.

The Frederick History Bicycle Loop brochure is available at the Frederick Visitor Center. Call 1-800-999-3613 for information. Download the Frederick History Bicycle Loop brochure now.