Frederick County adopted its first Bikeways and Trails Plan in December 1999, and updated the plan in July, 2018, which addresses both on-street bicycle facilities and off-street trails. This plan proposes a county wide network of on-street bikeways and off-street trails.
The on-street bikeways would make use of existing shoulders and also identify which roads should be targeted for improvements to add shoulders for use as bike lanes. The proposed network includes county, municipal, and state roads.The plan identifies off-street trail corridors to accommodate either multi-use trails (for walking/running and bicycle use) or natural surface trails (for hiking and mountain biking). Equestrian use may also be permitted on these trails.
City of Frederick
The City of Frederick has adopted its Shared Use Path Plan in March 2002. This plan focuses on off-street trails/paths and many of the corridors follow those identified in the County's Bikeways and Trails Plan. For more information contact the City of Frederick Department of Planning at 301-600-1884.
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.
State of Maryland
The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) coordinates bicycle and pedestrian planning among its state agencies and provides coordination and technical assistance to local jurisdictions.
Ballenger Creek Trail
The County's first trail project is the Ballenger Creek Trail, which is planned to connect the Ballenger Creek Park to Buckeystown Pike, a distance of approximately 4 miles. The design and construction of the Ballenger Creek Trail is the responsibility of the County Division of Parks and Recreation. This trail is planned for completion in the Spring/Summer of 2020.