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Williamsport, MD: Cumberland Valley 

Loop 63 miles through corn and soy bean country on this metric century that tours DC and Baltimore back roads along the Mason-Dixon Line.


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Author: Bicycling Magazine
Date: 21 Oct 2008 4:10:35 PM
Activity: Bicycling
State: Maryland (MD)
Distance: 62.74 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 3401 ft
Total Loss: 3395 ft
Net Change: 6 ft
Difficulty: 6 / 10
Tags: Baltimore, Clear Spring, Maryland, Washington D.C.
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

A perfect escape from DC and Baltimore to the corn, cow, and soybean country of the Cumberland Valley, this 63-mile loop (one option of the Cumberland Valley Cycling Club's annual century) is 99-percent back road bliss.

Departing from Williamsport (just off the I-70/I-81 interchange), the ride quickly escapes to idyllic roads frequently walled in by high corn stalks. Aside from two brief stretches on US 40, you'll likely encounter more cows than cars on this route. Twenty-five miles in, the ride hops across the Mason-Dixon Line into Pennsylvania for a brief stretch before darting back across the state line.

The route does rack up a fair bit of climbing, but the lion's share of the elevation is gradual, and the fertilizer will likely put more of a hurting on your lungs than the hills.

-Mapped by Matt Silverman and Dennis Turbeville

TO TRAILHEAD: Take I-70 W to exit 26 to I-81 S. In 1 mile, take exit 2 and bear right onto US 11/E. Potomac St. Continue 0.8 mile and turn left on Park Rd. to enter Bryon Memorial Park.

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Cumberland Valley

Distance: 62.74 mi Points: 1273
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
# Distance Instruction Distance to next
1 0.00 mi Start - Head east on US 11/Potomac St. Then go 0.63 mi
2 0.63 mi Turn Left - Milestone Terrace Then go 0.10 mi
3 0.73 mi Turn Right - Hopewell Rd. Then go 0.79 mi
4 1.51 mi Turn Left - Wright Rd. Then go 0.61 mi
5 2.12 mi Turn Left - Elliott Pkwy./Kemps Mill Rd. Then go 0.19 mi
6 2.31 mi Turn Right - Kemps Mill Rd. Then go 3.87 mi
7 6.18 mi Turn Left - Ridge Rd./Cedar Ridge Rd. Then go 1.42 mi
8 7.61 mi Turn Right - MD 68/Clear Spring Rd. Then go 1.18 mi
9 8.78 mi Turn Left - MD 56/Big Pool Rd. Then go 2.81 mi
10 11.59 mi Turn Right - Big Spring Rd. Then go 1.83 mi
11 13.42 mi Straight - Cross US 40, continue on N. Martin St. Then go 0.16 mi
12 13.58 mi Turn Right - Broadfording Rd. Then go 5.89 mi
13 19.47 mi Turn Left - Rockdale Rd. Then go 1.30 mi
14 20.77 mi Turn Right - MD 494/Fairview Rd. Then go 0.60 mi
15 21.38 mi Turn Left - Shinham Rd. Then go 2.91 mi
16 24.29 mi Turn Right - Castle Hill Rd. Then go 0.99 mi
17 25.28 mi Turn Left - MD 63, cross state line Then go 0.13 mi
18 25.40 mi Turn Right - PA 163/Mason Dixon Rd. Then go 2.35 mi
19 27.75 mi Straight - Cross US 11 Then go 0.04 mi
20 27.79 mi Bear Left - Park Ave. Then go 0.09 mi
21 27.88 mi Turn Right - East Ave./State Line Rd. Then go 0.12 mi
22 28.00 mi Turn Right - Reid Rd. Then go 0.36 mi
23 28.36 mi Turn Right - Byers Rd. Then go 0.15 mi
24 28.50 mi Turn Left - Reidtown Rd. Then go 2.04 mi
25 30.55 mi Straight - Lehmans Mill Rd. Then go 1.96 mi
26 32.51 mi Turn Right - Millers Church Rd. Then go 0.93 mi
27 33.44 mi Turn Left - MD 60 Then go 0.16 mi
28 33.60 mi Turn Right - Herman Myers Rd. Then go 1.35 mi
29 34.95 mi Turn Left - Old Forge Rd. Then go 1.58 mi
30 36.53 mi Turn Right - MD 62/Little Antietam Rd. Then go 1.31 mi
31 37.84 mi Turn Left - MD 804/Twin Springs Dr. Then go 0.44 mi
32 38.28 mi Turn Right - White Hall Rd. Then go 0.07 mi
33 38.34 mi Straight - Cross MD 64, continue on White Hall Rd. Then go 0.53 mi
34 38.87 mi Turn Right - White Hall Rd. Then go 4.04 mi
35 42.91 mi Turn Left - Beaver Creek Rd. Then go 1.48 mi
36 44.39 mi Turn Left - US 40/MD 144 Then go 0.48 mi
37 44.87 mi Turn Right - Mt. Lena Rd. Then go 0.41 mi
38 45.28 mi Turn Right - San Mar Rd. Then go 0.73 mi
39 46.01 mi Turn Right - San Mar Rd. Then go 0.51 mi
40 46.52 mi Turn Right - San Mar Rd. Then go 0.11 mi
41 46.64 mi Turn Left - MD 66/Mapleville Rd. Then go 0.23 mi
42 46.86 mi Turn Right - Fahrney Church Rd. Then go 0.40 mi
43 47.26 mi Turn Left - Benevola Church Rd. Then go 1.53 mi
44 48.79 mi Turn Left - US 40 Then go 0.79 mi
45 49.58 mi Turn Right - Mill Point Rd. Then go 1.88 mi
46 51.46 mi Turn Right - Manor Church Rd. Then go 3.38 mi
47 54.84 mi Straight - MD 63/Spielman Rd. Then go 2.55 mi
48 57.39 mi Bear Right - MD 63/Spielman Rd. Then go 4.10 mi
49 61.49 mi Turn Left - MD 68 Then go 1.25 mi
50 62.74 mi Stop - Williamsport

Points of Interest

Williamsport, MD

Location: 39.600022, -77.816892
This route departs from and finishes in Williamsport. Park locally or here at Byron Memorial Park. After the ride, grab a bite at the Desert Rose Cafe at 21 N. Conococheague Street.

Corn Horizon

Location: 39.630548, -77.839508
© Dennis Turbeville

Farm Riding

Location: 39.631738, -77.843971
© Dennis Turbeville

Tandem in Action

Location: 39.673238, -77.913923
© Dennis Turbeville

Expansive Views

Location: 39.684997, -77.884140
When cornstalks aren't blocking the view, you can see for miles across the countryside. © Dennis Turbeville

Mason-Dixon Line

Location: 39.721382, -77.768526
The route crosses into Pennsylvania and then runs parallel to the state line for about 3 miles. © Dennis Turbeville

A Pack Ahead

Location: 39.721250, -77.748785
© Dennis Turbeville

Restroom Pitstop

Location: 39.721984, -77.721587
This local park just outside State Line, PA has a restroom and a water fountain.

San Mar Children's Home

Location: 39.551008, -77.647006
The Cumberland Valley Cycling Club's annual century starts at (and benefits) the San Mar Children's Home. This loop follows the same route as the 63-mile option. A 26-mile loop is available in addition to the century.

Corn Country Roads

Location: 39.551343, -77.650809
This route mainly travels on back roads through idyllic farmland. © Dennis Turbeville

Clear Spring

Location: 39.653507, -77.933965
Clear Spring is only 13.6 miles into the route, but it's not a bad idea to stop here and top off your bottles, as there aren't too many reliable opportunities to do so in the remaining 49 miles. Make a pit stop on US 40 or here at a local park with restrooms and a water fountain.

Cow Company

Location: 39.572616, -77.814274
Cattle grazing along the route. © Dennis Turbeville


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