Western Maryland Rail Trail

EASY 14 reviews

Western Maryland Rail Trail is a 21.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Hancock, Maryland that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
21.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
193 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dog friendly

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

mountain biking

road biking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

horseback riding

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This all-season, multipurpose rail trail can be enjoyed on bicycle, inline skates, hiking, snowshoeing, or nordic skiing. Some portions of the trail (grassy area beside the trail) can also be enjoyed on horseback. With the bike-friendly town of Hancock located smack-dab in the middle of the trail, this route is easy to reach, easy to use, and easy to love. One of the unique and extremely attractive calling cards for this trail is the option to make it into a loop trail by combining it with the C & O Canal Towpath trail that runs all the way from Washington D.C. to Cumberland, Maryland. In fact many C & O through-riders enjoy the respite of detouring onto the smoothly paved Western Maryland Rail Trail (WMRT) as a break from the bouncing dirt path of the canal trail. Since the two trails run nearly parallel to one another, they make perfect companion trails. The WMRT can be accessed from near Fort Frederick State Park on the east end, Old Pearre Rail Station on the west end, or from the town of Hancock in the middle. Whichever route you take, the town of Hancock makes a nice staging area due to the local availability of lodging, camping, shopping, dining, & bike shops. Some of the historic points of interest near the trail include: Fort Frederick State Park, the old Round Top Cement Mill, Hepburn Orchards Fruit Market, Old Pearre Station, Big Pool, and Park Head Cemetery. Each season brings a new attraction to the trail with snow sports in the winter, wildflowers in the spring, wildlife viewing & apple harvest in the summer, and fall foliage in the autumn. And with Washington D.C. & numerous Civil War exhibits nearby, there are year-round attractions for nature lovers, history buffs, outdoor recreationalists, and active travelers galore.

trail running
1 month ago

I completed a 2.5 hour walk/jog on the Western MD Rail Trail about a week ago. It was very lovely trail. I mainly explored the area & took in nature and history about the trail. Many pretty views (off paved trail)!!!
Primarily for biking to view more of the area, but the hike was nice. The trail has a paved road and side trail that appears to be where train tracks use to be. Great trail. Will go back with my bike next time! ;)

2 months ago

mountain biking
Sunday, November 20, 2016

Another nice one. Maybe I need to learn nordic skiing and come back in the snow.

mountain biking
Sunday, November 20, 2016

Loved it. Nice bike trail.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Monday, October 24, 2016

Great riding if you are not in the mood for dodging people. This trail has lots of passing room and has light traffic even on beautiful days.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Great trail ride, very scenic. The smooth flat asphalt surface makes for easy biking. Great for everyone especially beginners. Highly recommended!

hiking
Saturday, July 09, 2016

road biking
Monday, June 06, 2016

Great trail good for racing wheelchairs and road bikes

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

On this cool November day, my daughter and I rode some of the trail. It is a beautiful serene place. I will return!

Friday, November 06, 2015

road biking
Saturday, November 01, 2014

Sunday, August 25, 2013

road biking
Sunday, March 04, 2012

Great trail for a bike ride, it's all paved. Good trail to take the kids.