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The Emmitsburg Multi-User Trail

Fall 2018 Trail Work Days!

9:00a - Noon
Sunday Nov 18th & Sunday Dec 2nd

We will be clearing leaves off the trails with leaf blowers and trimming back growth from the trail corridor.
The goal is to get our community’s trails ready for cold weather hikes, runs and rides.

Free, tasty food before and after the fun!
Please join us at Rainbow Lake picnic area.
Free giveaways!  Free food!   Free Fun!

Please dress for the weather and the work.
Tools will be provided. 

Need More Info?
Please contact Commissioner O’Donnell 




September 7, 2018 begins deer hunting season. 
Trails will be open Sundays only through Thursday 5/23/2019. 
On 5/24/19 the trails will be open for 7 days a week.


Emmitsburg Trails, Let the fun begin!!


The Emmitsburg Multi-User Trail features thirteen miles of professionally designed and constructed natural surface trails.  The trail network, situated on Town owned property near Rainbow Lake, is comprised of three challenging loops which are suitable for mountain biking, hiking and trail running.  An additional trail crosses the heavily wooded College Mountain, connecting the mountain trails with Annandale Road. 

“A hilly loop route showcasing the stacked loop system around Rainbow Lake.”


plain trail
Our IMBA style stacked loop system offers varied terrain with rolling hills, slick rocks and rock gardens.  All trails feature optional challenge lines to enhance riding skills. Don't let the mileage fool you, the challenging, steep terrain packs more challenge into half the mileage of trail systems further east.  Thirteen miles of new singletrack was recently added.  These are professionally built designed and constructed by mountain bikers.

Trails are multi-directional and multi-use, so please be alert, courteous, and follow the rules of the trail.  Parking is limited at Rainbow Lake, so try to carpool when you can. 

Additionally, during hunting season, the trails are only open on Sundays. For specifics on Maryland's hunting season, check out Maryland DNR's excellent Hunters' Guide.  

Road Riding Options:
Peaceful, picturesque scenery, low traffic counts and well appointed rest stops make the road riding here unique.  Start early and ride to the battlefield at Gettysburg or conquer the mountain and complete a challenging Emmitsburg/Frederick City Loop.  Just be home for dinner.  Emmitsburg provides a variety of dining options with bike safe parking.

After a day riding, make an early evening visit to the Emmitsburg Community Pool, visit the walking trails in Community Park or stroll on Main Street.  Finish the day at one of our local restaurants or pubs before bed.  If you want to ride and enjoy small town hospitality, visit Emmitsburg, MD.

Charity Rides Welcome:
Our parks are well suited for fundraising rest stops fundraising rest stops.  Sheltered pavilions, indoor restrooms and ample parking provide great support sites.  

For more information contact:
Tim O'Donnell
Emmitsburg Town Commissioner

The Vans Warped Tour recently came by and did some great work on our Multi-User trail!

Check it out!

Vans Warped Tour 2016: Emmitsburg, MD Trail Work from The Bicycle Escape on Vimeo.

Check out Victor's recent experience on the trail!

Emmitsburg Trail Map (PDF)

Emmitsburg Multi-User Trail (MTB Project)
Trail Guidelines


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