MOCO – Bikepacking Montgomery County

location Maryland, USA
We recognize Indigenous Peoples as the traditional stewards of this land. Moreflag On Piscataway & Manahoac Land
  • Distance

    125 Mi.

    (201 KM)
  • Days


  • % Unpaved


  • % Singletrack


  • % Rideable (time)


  • Total Ascent


    (1,993 M)
  • High Point


    (300 M)
  • Difficulty (1-10)


  • 3
    Climbing Scale Fair52 FT/MI (10 M/KM)
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    Technical Difficulty
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    Resupply & Logistics
About Our Ratings
A 125 mile bikepacking loop from downtown D.C. through Montgomery county and back again.
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Escape the hustle and bustle of Washington D.C. via the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (C&O) Towpath and connect MOCO singletrack to make a nice 2 day loop. We did it in a three days but the ride could easily have been done in two. Follow thenC&O from Georgetown and head out towards Darnestown. Then take a quick jaunt on country roads and jump onto the MOCO Epic single track that winds through various state parks and shoots right back onto the the C&O Canal.

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  • Highlights


  • Camping


  • Food/H2O


  • A nice view at Great Falls.
  • Breakfast at Dickerson Market.
  • Great singletrack through Copper Lake.
  • Free primitive camping is available on the C&O beginning at Swains Lock (Mile 20) and every few miles after.
  • Camping at Little Bennett Regional Park.
  • Water is shut off on the C&O from Mid-November to Mid-April.
  • Whites Ferry has a small convenience store.
  • Dickerson Market has great Breakfast sandwiches.
  • Other small store/gas stations available throughout route.

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