Western Maryland Rail Trail: Hancock to Big Pool

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Western Maryland Rail Trail: Hancock to Big Pool is a 10.6 mile 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 accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

10.6 miles
82 feet
Point to Point

dog friendly

kid friendly


mountain biking

trail running



The Western Maryland Rail Trail is a beautiful change of pace for those who have been through-biking the C&O Canal Towpath. Pavement! Between Hancock and Little Pool there is a nice view of the north side of the Tonoloway Creek Aqueduct. Unlike the western end of the trail, this is a little more noisy occupying narrow corridor between the C&O Canal and I-70. Currently, the WMRT is 20 miles of pavement with Hancock right in the center. There are plans in the works to extend the trail westward almost to Cumberland. This would be a spectacular section to ride with 5 tunnels and 9 crossings of the Potomac.

mountain biking
Saturday, August 02, 2014

very nice trail. very, very few benches for a rest stop.

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mountain biking
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