On Saturday, my wife I drove down to White Plains MD and rode one of our favorite Maryland rail trails – the Indian Head Rail Trail. We’ve done it before but not for several years. It is only 13 miles long but a beautiful surface, great views of wetlands and the Mattawoman Creek. We saw several bluebirds and one wild turkey, along with the usual river birds. At the Western End, a .5 mile hilly neighborhood road ride takes you to Mattingly Park on Mattawoman Creek, where you can rent kayaks and buy sodas and candy.
It is a 50 mile drive from my house, so kinda violates the “bike more miles than you drive to get there” rule but someday the IHRT may be extended SE to connect with the partially complete 3 Notches trail that starts in Charlotte Hall and would add another 13 miles. The Oxon Hill Bicycle Club sponsors a yearly road ride in the area that I hope is back in the fall.
When we got back I emailed the photos to a friend who I knew liked to do rides like that and on Sunday am he replied that he was going to try it out – so I did the ride again, this time with him. A bit warmer and fewer people on the trail on 4th of July Sunday, but another beautiful ride. Deju vu all over again!
Not too often I do the exact same trail segment 4 times in 2 days but this one is worth it!