DIRECTIONS (from the Beltway):
1. Get off at exit 11 towards Md. 4 south/Pennsylvania Ave. towards Upper Marlboro
2. After about 1.5 miles take Marlboro Pike on right.
3. Keep driving on Marlboro Pike until it becomes South Osborne Road (about 2.3 miles).
4. Continue on S. Osborne Rd. until you reach Md. Route 301. Turn right onto 301 South.
5. Almost immediately on your right will be the entrance to the State Park.
6. After turning onto the park road take a right at the first intersection. There will be a wooden information board and a stop sign.
7. Continue on this road and take the second right. Continue on this road, go straight (right fork) at the next intersection and continue until you hit the parking lot. There should be a small brick building with a silver roof next to the parking lot.
Also: Google maps by default sends you to the opposite side of the park. Follow the above directions and take a look at this map: http://img856.imageshack.us/img856/7238/c94s.png
Since the first bike meetup was a success and about half the people showed up on mountain bikes...it seems like a good idea to have an off-road mountain bike ride.
Rosaryville State Park, in southern PG county, is a single 9 mile loop with an optional 3 mile side trail. There is also a way of bailing out halfway if you want to go back.
The main loop consists of smooth, nicely flowing singletrack with plenty of banked turns. This trail also includes a stretch geared toward the technical rider with a handful of interresting skinnies and jumps. There are very few rocks or roots, so the trail is good for inexperienced riders, while a very fast, fun ride for experienced riders. There are one or two longer uphills (depending on which way around the loop we go) and a couple of long downhills, but nothing too crazy.
What to bring
*A bike :p - suspension isn't needed, but it's recommended. At the least you'll want a hybrid bike. If you have a bike with front suspension and thicker tyres, that's good enough
*Comfortable pants - if you don't have bike pants (basically shorts with lots of padding), wear shorts with comfortable underwear. You do not want to get chafing rashes down there, trust me
*Water bottles/CamelBak - although it's now Autumn, mountain biking can be quite strenuous. Dehydration is not a fun experience. If you're not sure you have enough water, bring more!
*Food - energy bars (PowerBars, Cliff bars, Luna bars, Lära bars, ect.) are light, sort of tasty, and really help if you get hungry out on the trail
*Repair kit - if you have spare tubes, patches, a pump, or anything else, bring it
NOTE: There is a $3.00 charge to get into the park, but it's per vehicle and not per person, so depending on how many people come we may park at a nearby (less than a quarter mile away) mall and carpool over.