This is a wonderful route through the valley east of Thurmont, Maryland. Thurmont lies at the foot of the Catoctin Mountains (part of the Blue Ridge Mountain Range). The President's retreat, Camp David, is located in the mountains just northwest of Thurmont.
This ride is derived from Chuck and Gail's Ride #23 "Bridges to the Past", basically extending their short route thanks to a new bridge at mile 15.3. The two major points of interest on the route include a covered bridge at Mile 2.0 and the Catoctin Furnace at Mile 18.1.
The roads in the valley are very lightly traveled, making it a low stress
ride for bikes. The first half of the route is fairly flat. After
Rocky Ridge, the terrain becomes more rolling, with a couple of moderate
hills, but nothing too rough. Food is only available in Thurmont, which
has several restaurants and conveniences marts.
Thurmont is located about 1 hour north of the beltway. Directions: