I envy the residents of Hancock, Maryland. I have seen: foxes, turkeys, opossums, bald eagles, owls, indigo buntings, a fence lizard, dung beetles, turtles, snakes, lithospermum flowers, larkspurs, wood frogs, spotted salamanders and lots more. You are here > Home. My wife has had two knee replacements. <> What a AMAZING ride. A bike shop is conveniently located about half way (10mi marker) which came in handy when my husbands bike broke while riding. This was my first 10+ mile ride, what a great trail! Did the western half, starting in Hancock, total ride was 23 miles. Nothing fancy and a pretty old hotel, but very biker friendly. Photo by: PATC GPS Rangers. endstream (�� Bought some WMRT souvenirs--pins an patches!! The western terminus of the Western Maryland Rail Trail can be reached from exit 68 off I-68 by following Orleans Road to High Germany Road toward the C&O Canal at Fifteen Mile Creek. It may be safer to run on the left facing traffic on the street but not so on the trail. Also unlike some other riders we were not bothered by the I-70 noise. (�� The trail is well maintained, no heavy traffic street crossings, and we were able to ride side by side a lot of the way. A very nice 44.7 mile ride. Sideling Hill Wildlife Management Area trailhead: From I-68, take Exit 77 and head south on Woodmont Road, which will intersect with the trail at Pearre Road. Trail managers need to get on top of this before bikers begin to abandon the trail. We love this trail and wouldn't mind riding it again someday. Pavement! The Westernmost trail end at Pearre is the most remote, and the easiest way to get to it is to take exit 77 off of Route 68, then follow Woodmont Road across the top of the ridge then down where it meets up with Pearre Road, turn right, then follow Pearre Road for about 2 miles until you see the trail parking lot on your left.The WMRT is the busiest on weekend mornings and afternoons, but it never gets really busy or crowded. Box 203, Hancock, MD 21750 • info@westernmarylandrailtrail.com From the cement mill, C&O nearby to the cool cave... we love it! x�+��*�@02��������X����5�30 ��+$��r�{�&���+��+@t �� M The foliage is not in bloom yet so it is not so much a joyous experience as a healthy ride in cool weather. �� � } !1AQa"q2���#B��R��$3br� Rode back on the C&O Canal trail. Small lot off Big Pool Road, near Western Maryland Rail Trail East. On our way back from Virginia, the Mrs. and I parked the truck in Hancock, MD and struck out east on the Western Maryland Rail Trail. We waited til the snake got off the trail. There is a parking lot at Pearre for around 40 cars, and a couple of longer parking spots for trailers. Almost 40 miles of the A.T., as it is affectionately known, cross Maryland, most of which follow the ridgeline of South Mountain. We started on the east end of the trail and by the time we finished our ride the parking lot was completely full with vehicles overflowing onto the grass. It is all asphalt, meticulously maintained and clean. (�� Other Helpful Links Construction continues on the western end until the trail will eventually extend to Little Orleans. I was lucky to get pictures of all except the bald eagle. (�� Which when you think about it - likely had been largely cut down during the time the C&O canal was operating. Western Maryland Rail Trail. There was slight elevation, but not enough to notice. If you have street bikes I wouldn't advise riding them, but you can always walk them down to the WMRT. I have done over 200 Rails2Trails and how anybody can say this trail is BORING must have had a very bad day. Mile Marker: 114.5. The trailwas heavily shaded which was great for a warm day. Photo by:carolynm A snake on the trail. By using the towpath, this can make a really nice loop ride (up to 40 miles! (�� This is a very nice trail. This is a 22 mile smooth asphalt trail that is great for Road bikes, and gives a 44 mile roundtrip run. One deer at the 2 mile mark, 3 near the water at Polly Pond, and on the way back a garter snake and wild turkey near the 15 mile mark, one small doe near Mile 12/Locher Road, and four deer in the backyard of the white church about a mile West of Hancock. Contact: 301-842-2155 Driving Directions: Eastern Terminus Take exit 12, MD 56, from I-70. whiteoakbikemap2008 This map features bike and public transit routes, and commuter services around White Oak Vicinity. The western portion of the Western Maryland Rail Trail is blessed with magnificent views of the Potomac River. Along the 22 miles of the WMRT, you'll find nine connections between it and the C&O Canal Towpath. The trail now ends right at Lock 56 (mile 136.2) of the C&O Canal. 11100 Ft Frederick Rd. 2. C&O Bike Shop was very accommodating and friendly (even open until 6 on Labor Day!). Updated for 2019. I could tell that the other seasons would not have the views that today provided but the riding was awesome and very relaxing. The Western Maryland trail is an excellent alternative route to the C&O Canal between Pearre and Fort Frederick, especially after heavy rains when the C&O becomes muddy. Western Maryland Rail Trail c/o Fort Frederick State Park 11100 Fort Frederick Road Big Pool MD 21711. The western terminus of the Western Maryland Rail Trail can be reached from exit 68 off I-68 by following Orleans Road to High Germany Road toward the C&O Canal at Fifteen Mile Creek. 6 0 obj Hopefully they will get approval to finish the remaining part of the trail. Rode from Hancock east just to get in a ride. It was a sunny day, 65°. Great American Rail-Trail Preferred Route Maryland Map | Updated May 2020. The Western Maryland Rail Trail covers about 20 miles of the Western Maryland Railway’s (WM) former main line through its home state west of Hagerstown. Ron Meservey Columbia, MD. Pavement! (�� This rail trail is 22 miles and follows the Potomac and the C&O Canal in the narrow strip between Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Unlike the western end of the trail, this is a little more noisy occupying narrow corridor between the C&O Canal and I-70. That’s true for every trail I’ve hiked on or ridden on, including the C&O. Buddy Lou’s in Hancock is great stop for lunch, as are other restaurants there. WESTERN MARYLAND RAIL TRAIL to Cumbe d zewood, PA Indigo Tunnel Closed Eight different bat species cal/ the tunnel home. In the 44 miles I rode I had to have had six near misses with squirrels racing across the trail between my wheels. For this reason I give it only three stars. industrial chimney on the Western Maryland Rail Trail photo. There are some decent bumps in the pavement from tree roots growing under the trail but not enough to deter riders but sure does hurt your bum if you're talking and not expecting it! Consider stopping in Hancock for some raspberry cookies at Weaver's Bakery--YUMMY! Western Maryland Rail Trail, Big Pool Picture: Trail side map - Check out Tripadvisor members' 155 candid photos and videos. Trail Map. It passes through the town of Hancock. With more than 17 Cumberland trails covering 4203 miles, you’re bound to find a perfect trail like the Winchester Green Circle or Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park. You’ll probably see an occasional rabbit, squirrel or deer along the way. It parallels the C&O and if desired you can switch back and forth or go up out one and back the other - but with the WMRT why bother roughing it on the C&O! (�� Embed Map; May 31, '16, 04:04PM Western Maryland Rail Trail. 4 0 obj Western Maryland Rail Trail | Western Maryland Rail Trail. But the trail is mostly shaded and the ride was very pleasant. The surface is flat and fast. i cant wait to get out there again!! trail map on the Western Maryland Rail Trail photo. (�� Hancock is a lovely little town with great charm and nice people, but has seen an economic downturn in recent years, losing their industry and their apple orchards, so they are very happy to have the business that cyclists bring to the area, and treat them accordingly. Pretty easy, flat path. We did an out an back--44 miles, so the cookies were good fuel! Places to stop along the way for snacks or restaurants. (�� This trail is a gem!! View detailed trail descriptions, trail maps, reviews, photos, trail itineraries, directions and more on TrailLink. The grade is nearly flat the entire length (I had a very mild breeze to my back going upgrade, which actually made my average time a little faster than it was going downgrade), it is well shaded, and the quiet seems to be from another time and age. My father and I have biked the length of the trail a number of times. Well worth going for a mid stop ride. There is a new big restaurant that's opening right St the parking lot at Hancock station, looks like a very cool place, has a huge deck for outside dining. Between Hancock and Little Pool there is a nice view of the north side of the Tonoloway Creek Aqueduct. One of Maryland's top rail trails for scenery and the amenities in Hancock. They go out of there way to make it a pleasant stay for everyone. BUT, some runners feel that because pedestrians have the right of way they can run in any direction they want. The trail runs on the abandoned right-of-way of the Western Maryland Railway's West Subdivision. We plan to go back again before the season is over and do it again, all of it in a day this time. WMRT is a great trail that is almost flat -- at least the 10-mile portion that we did from Big Pool (the eastern end) to Hancock (approximately the mid-point). Details Amenities Reviews Details Hours Sunrise to Sunset Location. Highly recommend this trail for anyone who wants a nice easy ride. The Western Maryland Rail Trail (WMRT) is the area's latest rail-to-trail project. Well worth the drive. Western Maryland Rail Trail Maps. It's especially well suited for road bikes. Extension Map Home About History Support Directions Contact Trail Maps Photo Gallery WMRTS, P.O. x�5�� So after donning her yellow recumbent trike, my problem now is keeping up with her. We attempted geocaching while riding, but the geocaching was difficult and detracted from the enjoyment of the bike ride. The is a super flat and nice trail. Could see Tow path trail running parallel and also old telegraph lines still standing. I rode from the trail head in Big Pool, MD to the fruit market about 8 miles away on Thursday, 4/26/18. (�� Also, you get to see how the Western Maryland RR was built into the side of the Potomac River valley with steep cliffs above the trail and down to the C&O Canal. Day one we started at the end nearest to Hagarstown and ride 7.5 miles out then back. On the way back I had lunch at the Park N' Dine restaurant which is next to the trail and had a fantastic crab cake. (�� It will be spectacular if and when it it is extended westward another 14 miles to cross the Potomac River six times on high bridges and pass through three tunnels. (�� The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reaffirming the need for members of the public who engage in outdoor … Just as they are cutting many of the trees down at Gettysburg, they should allow some to be cut here too. (�� But the trail was just lovely and I recommend it. Especially viewing the mountains and going through them. fall approaches the Western Maryland Rail Trail photo. If you are looking to combine a number of signature Maryland experiences together, head west to the mountains for a scenic drive or hike, and end your day with a traditional Maryland crab feast. 39.6244631, -78.0173095. We stayed at the Woy Bridge Campground in Everett, Pa which was less than an easy 30 minute ride to Hancock where there was ample parking. bicycle rentals, repairs, & supplies as well as a general store for your edible supplies. I highly recommend stopping at Weaver's Restaurant and Bakery in Hancock. 39.6244631, -78.0173095. Our hopes are to be able to go the entire distance someday, once we get in better shape. Contact: 301-842-2155 Hours: Sunrise to Sunset ALERT: 6-19-2020 – The Western Maryland Rail Trail remains OPEN during the Governor’s Safer at Home public health advisory to allow for outdoor recreation. Sights were great and even rode along side a family of white tailed deer that were running in the woods parallel to the path. <>>>/BBox[ 0 0 1227.01 2753.25] /Matrix[ 0.058679 0 0 0.026151 0 0] /Filter/FlateDecode/Length 61>> The end of it and its connection back to the C&O is well-marked. We are really looking forward to returning to the WMRT throughout the year so that we can see more of the trail. I've talked with many of the riders, walkers, hikers, and even the handicapped users of the WMRT- thay all ask the same thing- when will they start building again? It seems WV has withdrawn from moving the project further. Earlier in the summer I had some nice raspberries which were growing on the trail. My wife and I just spent two days riding the nearly every mile of the trail. Mile Marker: 114.5. We drove to Hancock and rode east. This trail is very flat. Pretty touristy. Matt. Even with the beautiful weather there weren't too many people on the trail. The route's historical sites include the canal's locks and lock houses. (�� This is a beautiful trail and a pleasant bike ride. Thank you very much for such a great trail! A new paved parking lot is just west of the canal use area. (�� It was cloudy and 75 degrees. It was uncrowded and everyone we encountered was courteous and friendly. This is a really beautiful trail. Between Hancock and Little Pool there is a nice view of the north side of the Tonoloway Creek Aqueduct. MY WIFE AND I RECENTLY RODE FROM CUMBERLAND MD. Quite a backwoods drive to find the trailhead but worth the trip. I hope some day that the Western Maryland trail will be extended further west from Pearre towards Paw Paw, like some groups have been discussing. It is real bumpy and poorly maintained. Maybe it is just that time of year but the squirrels seem to be suicidal. The campground has GREAT access to the rail trail as well as friendly and helpful staff. The WMRT has been snow covered since 01-18-04 with no big melt in sight. (�� Anyone? Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Trail/Great Allegheny Passage: Cumberland to Frostburg is a 16 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Cumberland, Maryland that features a river and is good for all skill levels. At trail's end, hop on the C&O Canal towpath and continue just a short distance east to Fort Frederick, well worth a visit. I would recommend this trail to anyone who is tired of crushed gravel surface rail trails but still want that rail-trail feel. 3 0 obj What's the hold-up? The only thing I will say to recommend it is that they are extremely friendly to cyclists and don't seem to bat an eye if you want to take your bikes into the room with you. Western Maryland Rail Trail - Hancock 126 W High St Hancock MD 21750. (�� Ehrlich's term, funding was authorized to extend the trail through the first tunnel to Little Orleans but that seems to have been postponed indefinitely. stream c/o Fort Frederick State Park. Between Hancock and Little Pool there is a nice view of the north side of the Tonoloway Creek Aqueduct. C&O Canal was crushed limestone/hard packed dirt, but pretty big stones in some places. Further extension through West Virginia to Paw Paw has received unanimous support of the Morgan County West Virginia County Commissioners in August 2004. endobj find trail maps, reviews, photos & driving directions on traillink.com Hancock is situated along both the C&O Canal (Milepost 124) and the Western Maryland Rail Trail, a 26-mile paved path that parallels the canal. The sign outside says "rooms starting at $45" but we paid $78 for a basic room with 1 bed. I finished up at the Riverrun B&B which is conveniently located beside the Rail Trail and had some tea. It is well maintained too. We started each half in Hancock and rode to the ends. (�� Did a round trip of the WMRT starting in Hancock going east to mile 0 and then back out to mile 22 and return. Recommend this highly on a trail to do list.". After parking at the adjacent lot, we unloaded our bikes and proceeded to take our first "family" outing this year on our bikes. The pavement makes it a great place when it is wet since you have no mud to deal with. (�� It runs parallel to the C&O. I envy the residents of Hancock, Maryland. Flat and 100% paved makes for a nice, smooth bike ride. Trips with Bikes, Discovering Top Biking Trails, U.S., Canada. ". (�� Found the trail to be suprisingly flat and straight. Hotels near Western Maryland Rail Trail, Big Pool on Tripadvisor: Find 7,555 traveler reviews, 155 candid photos, and prices for 255 hotels near Western Maryland Rail Trail in Big Pool, MD. (�� Compared to the rail trail in York County, PA, this Maryland trail is a major disappointment. (�� This is a wonderful way to get in a nice long weekend ride. The bumps are frequent and painful, especially on a road bike. 1E���í�Mf��-LD,����b����1 I’ve ridden several bike trails and paths and this is by far my favorite. Posted in Hancock News, News. EZ Trail Maps, Photos, Parking. Your donation will help us to continue connecting more people to trails around the country. We biked from the Happy Hills campground at about mile 15. I can't say I would recommend the America's Best Value Inn. I found this trail to be flat and very easy peddeling. Will definitely make this a frequent ride. WMRT was nice smooth asphalt and there were a lot of people on it (maybe because it was Labor Day). (�� This may be the most perfect trail and with the upcoming expansion it'll just get better! The railroad was built through rough, but gorgeous, topography operating a main line featuring numerous tunnels and bridges. Western Maryland. One other word of caution: watch the leaves especially if the trail is wet or even damp; there were many fallen leaves but they were dry on this particular day. �� � w !1AQaq"2�B���� #3R�br� (�� Cycled from BigPool to western end and back on a chilly but sunny day in early November 2015. The fact that it is paved makes it perfect for trikes and recumbents too. Wide trail with 1 - 1.4% grade. (�� Unlike the western end of the trail, this is a little more noisy occupying narrow corridor between the C&O Canal and I-70. You will have so many trail options on this section of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath trail, that you will want to come back and try them all. Diane is the smart, talented and beautiful owner. The seventh edition of the WMRT Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K is planned for Sunday April 11, 2021. The winter scenery also provided me the opportunity to see many sightings of deer as well as an owl, bald eagle, ducks, and many fox squirrels. Go approximately ¼ mile east towards Fort Frederick State Park and the terminus is located on the right. We needed a place to ride that she could maneuver. This trail parallels the C&O Canal towpath for almost it's whole length (in fact, you can see the towpath much of the time just on the other side of the canal). Extension Map Home About History Support Directions Contact Trail Maps Photo Gallery WMRTS, P.O. I never give out 5 stars but if I did this trail would get them. 1 Comment . The railroad was built through rough, but gorgeous, topography operating a main line featuring numerous tunnels and bridges. Hancock lies midway along the rail trail, at about Mile 10. Great smooth trail that is well kept and full of wonderful scenery. (�� ... Map. (�� … (�� The most I've ever seen at one time was near the old abandonded houses near Mile 12, it was late in the evening and there must have been about 20-30 deer in the fields on both sides of the trail.On the Eastern end of the trail at around the 1 mile mark you can cross from the trail down the road over to the C&O Canal and take the C&O East past Big Pool to Fort Frederick, a ride of about 2 miles. First, the wildlife viewing is much better: lots of wild turkeys and deer. The full-color map shows mileage details as well as location of parking and trailside services. I recommend this trail and easily rode almost 46 miles today! The western 12 or so miles is chock full of these bumps which can be an issue if you pick up some speed on the otherwise nice surface. This is virtually the beginning of the trail. Make sure you have used your deet, as there are a ton of mosquitos, especially on the section west of Hancock. The eastern half lies close to an Interstate and gets road noise, but it is also enjoyable. From the trailhead in Hancock, you can head east or west along the trail, about 10 miles in either direction. Head East on I-68. I hope to visit again sometime in the fall. Trail map of the Western Maryland Rail Trail from Big Pool Rd. (�� Big Pool Parking Approximately 1.2 miles away. See other rides . endobj WOULD LOVE TO SEE THIS RAIL TRAIL EXTENDED. Saw two emergency vehicles coming up the trail towards us with bikes on top - hope everyone is ok. 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