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Quite nice level paved trail!

We did this entire trail over 2 days. Starting at Big Pool we rode to Hancock on the first day and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Collegeville, Pennsylvania
Nice shaded ride....

This review would have been a 5 except that the rail is in need of some maintenance. Mostly from... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2018
Bridgeville, Delaware
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did this entire trail over 2 days. Starting at Big Pool we rode to Hancock on the first day and back, about 20 ish miles total. There are some unexpected bumps in the trail due to tree roots under the trail and at points...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank jtsattler1
Reviewed 27 August 2018

This review would have been a 5 except that the rail is in need of some maintenance. Mostly from tree roots. Parts of the trail are so rough from roots that it literally shakes your teeth. The problem was especially bad this weekend as there...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Dan8605
Reviewed 10 June 2018

The paved Western MD Rail Trail was a very welcome 22 mile break for us to get off the C&O canal towpath on the bike tour from Cumberland to DC. This is a great trail, from lock 56 to Fort Frederick (Big Pool) (approx canal...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank MikeBarry657
Reviewed 6 June 2018

This Maryland portion of the GAP trail is a winding downhill (from the west) that mostly parallels a working railroad line. We had to wait off the trail while the train passed us going uphill. Compared to the rest of the GAP trail, it consists...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank connyp561
Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

We visited recently in Hancock, Md and my boyfriend biked while I walked a section of the trail. He enjoyed the biking and said it was well maintained a had nice views. Once concern though, he didn’t come across any storm shelters and a thunderstorm...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank StacyInDC2012
Reviewed 27 November 2017

I picked up the trail in Hancock and started west. It was a beautiful, pleasant walk with an abundance of scenery and hints of what used to be along the right-of-way. There was also a place to rent bikes in Hancock. I'll be sure to...More

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank eightwednesday
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

This is one of the smoothest rides in the USA! There are beautiful green trees covering the trail...paved to perfection....great views...the pretty Potomac River...easy parking!!! Try walking or biking.

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank travelingrm
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

This is a unique rail trail as it is very scenic with cuts through stone etc. It is also paved and runs above the C & O Canal. One option when enjoying the trail is to ride a loop utilizing the Canal and the paved...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank epfreeland
Reviewed 19 June 2017

I'm not sure why there are 2 bike paths running parallel, but it was nice to rid on the paved Rail Trail instead of the rocky towpath for awhile! You see the same beautiful sights.

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank LNLew
Reviewed 2 May 2017

This is a wonderful paved biking trail that is wide enough for two bikes side by side and is flat and easy even for beginners. Limited access points keep the number of people biking down. Scenic and worth the outing!

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank A2freqtrav
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26 August 2018|
Response from NanetteN996 |
The construction workers I spoke with mentioned a Spring 2019 completion goal.