In Conshohocken, you'll use the Schuylkill Trail, cross the Schuylkill River, and continue on a bike path through Valley Forge National Historic Park. You might see Amish horse drawn carriages on the quiet roads near Bowmansville. Hills in this area are not severe, but the country certainly isn't flat. You'll cross the Susquehanna River between Columbia and Wrightville. In northern Maryland, there are a few short, steep descents; caution is advised because of the short sight distances. Nearing Baltimore, two route options are available. The main route skirts the city to the west, using county roads that are often hilly. The Chesapeake Bay Alternate through Baltimore avoids most of the heavy traffic north of the city. Entering Washington, D.C. the route uses the Rock Creek and the Capital Crescent trails. In Virginia, for the most part you'll be riding on occasionally busy well-signed and well-surfaced network of county roads. The terrain is rolling, with a few steep hills. Click on enlargement for detail.
Current Printed Version: 2014
Average rating: based on 3 reviews.
Philadelphia to DC
Jonathan McGrath on 5/4/11
This map was great! I used it to cycle from Philadelphia to D.C. This map's route added about 40 miles to a more direct route, but it was totally worth it. The route was beautiful, low-traffic back roads.
The only cons were 1) It could be a little more extra durable, and 2) it should with an electronic version. I ended up photocopying the original and using the copy in order to keep the original from getting destroyed (and I also made each section bigger). If I had a digital copy I could have just printed it out!
Anonymous on 7/12/11
some sections of the road have become incredibly busy with suburban sprawl and thus the route needs some additional vetting or re-routing.
Gretchen on 10/23/15
There's only 1 hotel/motel/B&B in the stretch from outside of Columbia to Jarretsville (we were traveling southbound). In September, you can't stay there due to nearby nuclear power plant cleaning. Had to reroute closer to I-83 which is considerably off route. Make sure you have other maps with you.