http://freedombikerental.com/ This video is helpful if you are riding a self-guided tour or renting a motorcycle and you have a flat tire. It will show you what
buffalo and I spent a day riding through Michaux State forest after I had done an exploratory trip the day before. There is a vast system, for near DC standards, of gravel and dirt forest roads all through this area. Most are distressingly well maintained, however a few range towards challenging. There are switchbacks up over small mountains, tree covered sunbeam lit passages, and a whole range of scenery.
buffalo (Duncan), who helps me run Miles by Motorcycle, and I took our #dr650se's out across White's Ferry near Poolesville, Maryland to go in search of gravel roads to ride in the area North of Leesburg, Va and South of Frederick, Maryland. We were surprised at the number of tree covered gravel country roads there are in this area. Some went up into the hills and had some nice elevation changes. All were tame and easily traversed by car but it was a beautiful ride nonetheless. Is suspect there are more challenging roads hiding in the hills to the West.
We spent a day riding a system of gravel roads near Frederick Maryland. All told there are about 15 miles of mild gravel roads with gentle hills and one smal...
Weekend gravel roads rides up to Catoctin State Park near Thurmont Maryland. Surprisingly, we found many more miles of nice gravel roads than we had expected. Find Mountaindale road which connects to route 15 via Putman Road. It goes through a neighborhood of log cabins and is more like a driveway than a traveling road. At the end it turns to gravel (where the green line starts). There you will find a system of gravel roads with a few hills and one stream crossing (marked). In the fall it proved to be a beautiful area. Be aware of joggers and riders on horseback.
buffalo(https://miles-by-motorcycle.com/buffalo) and I did our first excursion together on DR650's yesterday. There aren't much in the way of legal unpaved riding opportunities around DC so I thought I'd start this thread as a way of making a collection of unpaved roads and the like in Maryland. I found these tracks on ADVrider. PA, MD, VA, WV Routes (Dirt Roads) - ADVrider(https://miles-by-motorcycle.com/136/links/10688/-pa--md--va--wv-routes--dirt-roads----advrider) Not all of the files in the zip were in GPX format so I used : GPS Visualizer(https://miles-by-motorcycle.com/136/links/10687/gps-visualizer) to convert that Garmin GDB file format into GPX. The resolution of the tracks isn't great, but at least it gives us some areas to explore. Unpaved Roads in Maryland - courtesy of ADVRider.(https://miles-by-motorcycle.com/136/maps/10683/unpaved-roads-in-maryland---courtesy-of-advrider-) According to the thread, the best roads are around Green Ridge State Forest: Green Ridge State Forest | Forest Service | Maryland Department of Natural Resources(https://miles-by-motorcycle.com/136/links/10684/green-ridge-state-forest---forest-service---maryland-department-of-natural-resources) Know of any unpaved roads in Maryland?
In looking for more off pavement opportunities in and around DC, I found these tracks on ADVRider. The best off-road sections are reported to be around GreenRidge National Forest.