St.Marys Lake - TRAIL

St.Marys Lake - Trail, Great Mills-Leonardtown, Maryland

awsome! lots of streamcrossings, muddy after rains, lots-o-roots, full mtn.bike friendlt trail, no double track for you!

User Reviews (39)

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Matt   Cross Country Rider [Oct 08, 2014]

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!

Customer Service

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.

Similar Products Used: 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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4
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4
Richard   Cross Country Rider [Oct 26, 2012]

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.

Customer Service

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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4
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3
Gonyo73   Weekend Warrior [May 12, 2012]

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

Similar Products Used: Rosaryville
Potapsco

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4
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3
gunner1   Cross Country Rider [May 25, 2007]

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.

Customer Service

Either way, clock or counter clock.

Similar Products Used: Don't know of any yet, but looking forward to finding them!
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4
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3
cbdad1972   Weekend Warrior [Sep 24, 2006]

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.

Customer Service

doesn't matter...

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3
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2
daraiders   Cross Country Rider [Nov 03, 2005]

I made the decision to drive an hour to ride this trail. It was a great decision to do so. This trail is severly underated. I rode it both clockwise and counter clockwise, 8 miles each way, at right about 2 hours. Of course it isn't perfect and could use some work, but it does have a thrill of its own. Portions of the trail were slighty sloppy, almost swampy, and were really tough to ride. Several creek crossings with somewhat negotiable ways to cross. Some have bridges, bridges under construction, or single boards to cross on. At two portions you really need to pay attention to the trail as it isn't marked well. Other than those two spots, the trail is easy to follow. Lots of roots, rocks, log rolls, jumps, and other fun obstacles. For all of ou who want to take the time to ride here, come on down. You'll not be disappointed.

Customer Service

clockwise or counter clockwise, they are both equally fun.

Similar Products Used: Rosaryville
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4
VALUE
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3
kenjiprice   Cross Country Rider [Apr 19, 2005]

There is a $3 fee... excerpt from www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/southern/stmarysriver.html "For 2004, the day use service charge is $3/vehicle year-round. Out-of-state residents add $1." I would assume this would be true for 2005 too. As I recall, near the restroom is a box with daily permits, payment envelopes, and a collection "bin".

Customer Service

clockwise first, counter clockwise second. You'll get about 16 miles in if you circle the lake twice.

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4
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3
aolmstead   Weekend Warrior [Feb 24, 2005]

I thought that this trail was pretty fun and challenging. I went after some heavy rains, there were lot's of creek crossing's, roots, and ton's of mud. A good and challenging trail for intermidiate riders. Enjoy!!

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4
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3
nazca   Cross Country Rider [Aug 29, 2004]

If you live in Calvert County you can try riding in Calvert Cliffs State Park. Round trip, you will get 6-7 miles. It's a good one for a decent work out.

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3
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3
wilsonblur   Cross Country Rider [Jun 19, 2004]

I can't believe how many people are whining about this trail, I have ridden all over the states and the world and it's pretty fun for the area. There are plenty of creek crossings, roots, and several large logs. Some of the log and creek crossings are not beginners stuff and if you want the trail more difficult go faster. If you are looking for a freeride fix look else where, this is a good cross country ride with challenges. It has short climbs and descents and plenty of twisty trail to keep you interested. Sure it's not Avalon or Patapsco but if you live in So. MD it's the best thing going w/in a 30 minute drive. It's always muddy here and I never come out with a clean bike. My only concern is some of the mud holes are getting quite large and I wondered how long it would be before the management complains.

Customer Service

You can't get lost, just follow the trail counter clockwise out of the parking lot by the bathroom facilities or clockwise where the trail starts behind the playgroud. The trail is a loop with some offshoots but the main trail is marked in white and the yellow markings almost always join back up with the white.

Similar Products Used: Cedarville, Rosaryville
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3
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3
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