Western Maryland Rail-Trail

Big Pool, Maryland

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3 Reviews
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Winding along the Potomac River through rolling fields, woodlands, and rural towns, this new trail is a quick alternative to the parallel C&O Canal towpath. Surface: Asphalt.
Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia

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Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia

by Barbara A. Noe (The Globe Pequot Press)

Winding along the Potomac River through rolling fields, woodlands, and rural towns, this new trail is a quick alternative to the parallel C&O Canal towpath. Surface: Asphalt.

© 2000 Barbara A. Noe/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Big Pool
Distance: 10.7
Trail Type: Shuttle
Surface: Asphalt
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Open year round
Additional Use: Skating
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: Fort Frederick State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Western Maryland Rail-Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

9/6/2010
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We started in Hancock, MD, and rode to the end of the WMRT, then crossed over to the C&O Canal Trail down to Fort Frederick. Crossed back over to the WMRT for our return to Hancock. WMRT was a nice, smooth asphalt trail used by a lot of folks--mostly families. Close to roads and not a lot of scenery along the trail. C&O is a rougher dirt & rock trail but more scenic. Hancock Super 8 was a good (not great) hotel--comfortable bed, good breakfast, and close to the trail head. Weavers restaurant in Hancock was a great place to eat, whether staying overnight or just passing through. C&O bike shop was very friendly and accommodating--even open until 6 pm on Labor Day!


10/25/2009
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This is a easy ride, however the trail has been extended beyond Hancock and the 1-way length is 23.5 miles. We did the entire 47 and enjoyed it. The grade is easy in both directions. The views are beautiful.


9/29/2007
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great trail ~20 miles - paved, parallels the C&O canal towpath. bike shop (C&O bicycles) right beside the trail in Hancock, MD - very helpful staff.



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Apr 2018