Charles County

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Cycling in Charles County


Charles County provides visitors with plenty of "Room to Explore." It's well situated only a short distance (30 miles) from Washington DC, making it easily accessible, and is a great place to explore a range of historical and environmental experiences on bike.

The County provides something for riders of all interests and abilities. There's plenty of family-friendly and road ride experiences on flat roads and quiet back country roads.

Ever wondered about 'bikepacking'?  Grab your bike, your panniers or small backpack, some gear and travel overnight.  What a great weekender from DC! Escape the city and you'll feel a million worlds away. There are a range of accommodation providers to support your overnight experience, including camping at General Smallwood State Park, local hotels and local B&Bs. 

Charles County also provides triathletes in the DC metro and Mid Atlantic areas with great opportunities for triathlon training with a world class triathlete training hub.  It's proximity to DC, its quiet flat roads, its swimming faciities and the range of accommodation options provides a perfect training base. the annual General Smallwood Triathlon is well worth traveling here to participate.

For further information, the Charles County Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism, Tourism Division can be visited at:

Contextual map of Charles County, indicating the County extent by the red boundary line.

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What's happening

Where to ride

Where to ride - more ride experiences

Triathlon training hub

Located just 30 miles from DC, and with relatively flat, quiet rural roads, Charles County is the perfect training hub for triathlon, and has established itself as a perfect triathlon destination with the annual General Smallwood Traithlon and Youth Triahtlon. It's also a great base for your club's next tri training camp! The Potomac River, great run courses and perfect roads for cycling; together with great places to stay and eat make Charles County the perfect training ground.

Where to stay

In addition to the listings below, Charles County Tourism provides further accommodation options.

Where to eat and drink

In addition to the listings below, Charles County Tourism provides further options for eating and drinking

Where to eat and drink - more options

Events, key attractions and other points of interest - historic and architectural

In addition to the listings below, Charles County Tourism provides further information on their tourism events page.

More events, key attractions and other points of interest

Parks, BBQ and outdoor eating facilities

Community Groups