Western Maryland Rail Trail Supporters

The Western Maryland Rail Trail is maintained by the Maryland Park Service with staff stationed at Fort Frederick State Park. The Friends of Fort Frederick State Park also support projects on the Western Maryland Rail Trail.

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The trail is open and available for recreational use.  Portable toilets are available at the Big Pool, Pearre and Little Orleans parking lots.The Park Service is asking users to follow social distancing practices as prescribed by the CDC: 

For Maryland Park Service Status regarding our response to the Covid-19 pandemic please visit: https://dnr.maryland.gov/Publiclands/Pages/COVID-19-Virus-Alert.aspx

Building a broad coalition of support for the effort to extend the Western Maryland Rail Trail

The Western Maryland Rail Trail (WMRT) is a 26 mile long paved trail that stretches from a mile west of historic Fort Frederick State Park in Big Pool, Maryland to its western terminus at the Potomac River in Little Orleans, Maryland.

Spectacular river views, vistas of hardwood covered mountains exploding with color in the fall, rock formations, dramatic tunnels, transportation history and pristine wilderness all within a few hours drive from Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD and Pittsburgh, PA. 

The WMRT is perfect for hiking, biking, inline skating (rollerblading) or, weather permitting, cross country skiing. One excellent feature is that the entire trail is handicap accessible. The trail is especially suited to families, novice cyclists (it’s almost completely flat), and  for anyone seeking a pleasant, leisurely ride.

Biking is the most popular use of the WMRT, with 26 miles of paved trail. The excellent western section follows the rugged mountain terrain west of Hancock, offering great views of the Potomac and surrounding mountains, and no interstate noise!

The Best is Yet to Come!

Help extend the WMRT through the Paw Paw Bends of WV and MD

Imagine crossing and re-crossing the Potomac River between Alleghany County, MD. and Morgan County, WV. Six times on high trestle bridges and going through three exciting tunnels! For the hiker or biker, these 14 miles of unmatched railroad history are sure to make this on e of the oputstanding trails in the country.

Hancock named Maryland’s Trail Town by governor Larry Hogan

Read the article from the Morgan Messenger here.

Western Maryland Rail Trail Ribbon Cutting

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland Park Service are pleased to announce the completion of Stage IV of the Western Maryland Rail Trail.

WMRTS, P.O. Box 203, Hancock, MD 21750  • info@westernmarylandrailtrail.com
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