Western Maryland Rail Trail

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Maryland 21904

Elevation Gain55ft
Trailhead Elevation423ft
Elevation Min/Max408/440ft
Elevation Start/End423/423ft

Western Maryland Rail Trail

Western Maryland Rail Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Washington County, Maryland. It is within Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park and Western Maryland Rail Trail. It is 2.4 miles long and begins at 423 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 55 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. This trail connects with the following: Western Mayland Rail Trail.

Western Maryland Rail Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Western Maryland Rail Trail Reviews

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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!
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.

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Trail Information

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
Nearby City
Western Maryland Rail Trail
Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Additional Use
Fort Frederick State Park
Local Contacts

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Jul 2018