Wisp Resort – McHenry, MD

Helmet Camera
Embedded above is a compilation of helmet camera footage we captured at Wisp. It shows most of what the place has to offer feature wise. Helmet cameras can be deceptive in showing scale, difficulty, and trail details so take it with a grain of salt.

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Website: WispResort.com

Gallery: Wisp Resort

Location:

Wisp Resort
296 Marsh Hill Road
McHenry, MD 21541

Riding:

Wisp Resort is located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States featuring about 700ft of elevation. Wisp wouldn’t be considered a big hill but it does have its own character and has fun trails. We’d recommend bringing a 6” travel bike to a full DH bike. A full DH bike isn’t really needed but can still be fun.

Reckers Rock (click to enlarge)

Recker's Rock (click to enlarge)

Wisp has a decent amount of trails for its size. There are about 5 trails that start off at the top of the lift leading to other connector trails. Trail signs aren’t everywhere but maps are available and some signage is around.  Asking a lift operator can get you pointed in the right direction pretty easily. The lift takes some time to get to the top, so you have plenty of time to look at a map, catch a drink, or chat with your riding friends.

Easy Does It (click to enlarge)

Easy Does It (click to enlarge)

The trails at Wisp aren’t overly technical or very rocky. The trails are mostly tighter single track with moderate rocky sections in a few places throughout the park. The trails aren’t terrible about drainage but can be muddy after a good rain.

Rodeo/Rock It (click to enlarge)

Rodeo/Rock It (click to enlarge)

The technical trails themselves aren’t too challenging for expert riders but are a lot of fun to rail at high speed and hit some of the optional drops and jumps. We suggest checking out High Roller and one of the old race courses leading from Edgewood Park into Fresh Cut to Easy Does It. Beginners and Advanced riders will find the resort a great place to hone their skills and try out new lines while maintaining speed.

High Roller (click to enlarge)

High Roller (click to enlarge)

For those looking for some freeride action Wisp’s Edgewood Park is a good area to hit. There are various jump lines and wooden features to check out. Wisp also features a nicely developed dual slalom course that is used each year for Gravity East races.

Edgewood Park (click to enlarge)

Edgewood Park (click to enlarge)

Other notable travel info:

Wisp has a nice hotel on site if you’re looking for housing or there are various other options in the area. Deep Creek Lake is right next to the resort for those interested in some water activities. Wisp itself features various activities like paintball, disc golf, mountain buggy tours, and their always popular Mountain Coaster. If you didn’t bring your own bike Wisp also features some rentals and bike gear in their Adventure Center. If you’re looking for food in the area DC’s bar at the resort is great for breakfast and Brenda’s Pizzeria on Rt 219 is great for dinner.

dual slalom with mountain coast in the background (click to enlarge)

dual slalom with mountain coast in the background (click to enlarge)

To read about more east coast courses check out our e*thirteen East Coast Chronicles.