Thing to Do

Bicycle between Point Lookout and Leonardtown, MD

group of bicyclists on a road in Southern Maryland with a glimpse of the Potomac River

For those seeking to explore Southern Maryland or to travel the extent of the Potomac Heritage NST corridor, bicycling and paddling, combined with some short hikes, are the best self-powered ways to experience the area. Point Lookout State Park and Leonardtown have different lodging options and opportunities to paddle are exceptional. 

Depending on length of time at points of interest. An overnight is possible at Brome-Howard Inn near Historic Saint Mary's City. 

On-road bicycling for approxim, with stops at Historic Saint Mary's City, Piney Point and other points of interest. 

Pets Allowed
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.

Southern Maryland, within the Potomac River corridor between Point Lookout and Leonardtown in Saint Mary's County

Spring, Summer, Fall

Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

bicyclists single file on a road
Bicycling is a popular means to explore Southern Maryland

St. Mary's County Tourism

With a stop at Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum and Historic Park, the bicycling route between Point Lookout State Park and Leonardtown is approximately 45 miles. Cyclists should allow time for a visit to Historic St. Mary's City and for a paddling trip on MacIntosh Run to a takeout at the Leonardtown Wharf. This route is included in the Adventure Cycling Association "Tidewater Potomac Heritage" route map set, following Route 5 (exercise caution or use alternate route); Flat Iron, St. George's and Drayton roads; Route 249/Piney Point Road; Route 244; and Route 5 into Leonardtown (exercise caution). The route works in reverse, of course, and could be expanded.

Last updated: February 16, 2018