Western Maryland Rail Trail: Hancock to Big Pool

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Fort Tonoloway State Park

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

Distance: 10.6 miles Elevation Gain: 82 feet Route Type: Point to Point

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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.

Fantastic trail! Dog and kid friendly. Shaded. Path was clean and clear. Access to river for dogs to drink. Lots to see with the history markers that just make the walk fun. No bathrooms. Easy parking and access. Picnic tables at trail head. Definitely a must do.

mountain biking
Sat Oct 06 2018

Great paved rail trail that's actually 22 miles long point to point with Hancock being in the middle. It mirrors the C&O towpath and has access points back and forth to it as well. We used it as a training trail for distance runs for doing the GAP. I hope that they finish the expansion soon.

mountain biking
Sat Aug 02 2014

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

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