Self-Guided Opportunities
 
Cycling
Location St. Mary's College or St. Mary's City
St. Mary's County
Trail Access Public parking lots in St. Mary's City area
Distance 13.8 miles
Time Varies with time spent at attractions
Trail Flat to rolling
Dirt and gravel bike trails
Highway with a wide shoulder
Some side road sections with no shoulders
Skill Level Moderate
Suitable For Families? Yes, taking into account the ages and experience of the children
Hazards/Restrictions Bike trails are also used for hiking. Watch for traffic along the highways. You may encounter the occasional family pet dog.
Potable Water St. Mary's City Visitor Center
There is one commercial establishment along the highway in St. Inigoes.
Natural Features Flat and rolling country, beautiful views of the St. Mary's River.
Historic/Cultural Features Maryland began in St. Mary's City, when Roman Catholics seeking religious freedom settled the area in 1634. When Maryland abolished freedom of worship in 1704, the Catholics of St. Mary's City fled downstream to the grounds of St. Inigoes Manor. The Manor House is no longer there, but St. Ignatius Church, built in 1785 survives. The tour also stops at an 18th century manor, as well as a rarely visited Memorial erected to remember seaman blown up in a Civil War maritime disaster. St. Mary's City has many sites to visit including: the reconstructed 1634 state house, a reconstruction of the colonial tall ship Dove, a reconstructed Native American long house and a colonial plantation.
Bike Rentals/Service
Camping Point Lookout State Park: 1-888-432-2267
Other Points of Interest St. Mary's College
Other Accommodations Motels, hotels and bed and breakfasts in the area
Fees or Permits There is a charge to enter parts of St. Mary's City
Description Follow signs along Point Lookout Road to the St. Mary's City Visitors Center on Rosecroft Road. Much information can be obtained here including a map of their trails. After you leave St. Mary's City, travel south along Point Lookout Road. Turn west onto Villa Road, and then right when you get to Grayson Road. When Grayson Road makes a 90 degree turn to the right, you want to go left onto the gravel road. This driveway will lead you to the USS Tulip Memorial. When you return to Villa Road, turn right and the road will take you the short distance to St. Ignatius Church.


Resources
  • Southern Maryland Bicycle Map, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's Boards of County Commissioners
  • 25 Bicycle Tours in Maryland, (Anne Oman)
  • St. Mary's City Visitor Guide
  • St. Mary's County Road Map
  • Point Lookout State Park homepage
Recommended Gear and Safety Tips
  • Be aware of your skill level and make safety your constant companion
  • Tire repair kit or tube
  • Bike pump
  • Helmet