City Escape:  Frederick,  Maryland

Text: James T. Parks • Photography: James T. Parks

If you enjoy an endless progression of curves and elevation changes on off-the-beaten-path roads, then this City Escape is for you. Because of the challenging riding environment, it may feel much longer than its designated 155-mile length. These roads are great fun.

The area has a rich panoply of farms, lost-in-time villages, mountain overlooks, pastoral valleys, single-lane arched stone bridges, and burbling brooks. You'll find both sights and sounds to enjoy. Although there are not a lot of hairpins and precipitous drop-offs, the incessant demands of negotiating curves hour after hour require you to remain highly focused.

With relatively few exceptions, the roads are all in good to great condition, especially for less-traveled secondary rural roads. They generally follow the topographical contours of the land.


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