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Western Maryland Rail Trail

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Western Maryland Rail Trail

We will be staying at Rocky Gap in May and would like to ride our bikes on the Western Maryland Rail Trail. Rather than driving into Hancock, we'd like to access the most western part of the trail. Which trail heads on that stretch have parking and what would be the best way to get there from Rocky Gap?

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1. Re: Western Maryland Rail Trail

sorry no one answered. here is the website.

westernmarylandrailtrail.org/WMRT/maps.html

there are also phone numbers where you can probably get your answers. Love biking but haven't gotten out there.

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2. Re: Western Maryland Rail Trail

I guess you could go down the C&O Canal from Little Orleans and then hop on the end of the WMRT at Pearre. That may not be a bad plan because, although it will add a few miles, there will be plenty of places to eat in Hancock.

I've traveled the C&O from DC to Cumberland and the WMRT from Hancock to Pearre. The canal is packed dirt that can get messy when the path is wet. The WMRT is asphalt.

Here are C&O Canal maps:

http://www.bikecando.com/trail-maps.aspx

nps.gov/choh/planyourvisit/upload/parkmap.pdf

Don't let Sidling Hill fool you. The canal is very flat. Cumberland MD is 500 feet above Washington DC. The WMRT is slightly less flat but the views are better.

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