Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia
by Barbara A. Noe (The Globe Pequot Press)
© 2000 Barbara A. Noe/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.
As stated, the first section from the south is now not passable by bicycle. Start on the road for 1/2 mile or so and there is a bridge at the trail that is a start for riding the trail, but this is single track along river, not rail for a mile or so. Then rail trail which is very maintained up to the dam.
This area has numerous other back roads and trails that can be added to this ride. Very nice area.
This ride is best for trail riders not mountain biking.
The trail is "fair". Your description that it is OK for mountain bikes and hybrids is optomistic. We started on the south end - not enough time to go all the way and back. The lower half mile is an old RR track with washouts, rotten ties, loose rails hanging over areas of washed out road beds. Scenery is generally very pleasant. The best features are the descriptions, old photos, history, etc. that describe the old mill, early rsidents, the old canal and locks that can be seen south of the southerly trail head. Unfortunately, the buildings are appartently not open on fall weekends, and there is no information as to if and when they are open. No portable facilities at south end. Not ADA suitable.
This is one of those trails that we have returned to for several weekends in a row. The trail is well covered by the trees and your right on top of the flowing river. If you’re a fisherman well bring your rod and rides to the spots were no one would dare walk to.
If you’re a nature lover bring your looking glasses, Bald Eagles and a lot rear birds galore just be careful when your riding not to run over a fisherman.
My family and I love this place we have found picnicking along the paths a lot of fun. For the more experienced rides there is about a 1.5-mile section you can do some real mountain biking or you can ride around the fallen trees. For those less experienced rides there is a way around the woods that lets you out on to the much smother trail. This place is a very good family experience.
This is a trail for the early spring with the wild flowers in bloom. Someone just threw color everywhere.
This trail also runs with the Mason Dixon trail. This is a must visit spot. I’m sorry that the Dam’s catwalk area had to be closed because of the 9/11 disaster. Walking on the catwalk watching the water flow from the dam shows the power of the power plant and the river. The power plant were you can start your ride has been very good to all who want to visit here. There is plenty of parking for your car or truck.
Have fun on this trail, we sure do !
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