The Western Maryland Rail Trail follows the path
of history. From the days of the Native American centuries
ago to the interstate highways of today, the Potomac
River valley has always been an important transportation
The National Road, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal,
and the Baltimore and Ohio and Western Maryland Railroads
made use of the Potomac River's route through the mountains.
The historic town of Hancock, strategically located
at the foot of the Appalachians, has offered hospitality
to travelers since colonists first started moving west.
And don’t forget Hancock's Civil War heritage,
to the C&O Canal; as well as the nearby attractions
of the Fort Frederick (a restored 1756 French and Indian
War fortress), the historic Woodmont Rod & Gun
Club, and the Sideling Hill Exhibit Center. Newly placed
Civil War Heritage Trail markers and kiosks will serve
to enhance your visit.
Canal has always provided recreational opportunities
along the famous Cumberland to Georgetown towpath,
but Hancock now provides the additional resource of
the Western Maryland Rail Trail. These 20-plus miles
of paved trail are perfect for biking, inline skating,
walking or running, and you can access the center of
this Trail at the Hancock Station Parking Area just
off Main Street.
When in the Hancock region, plan on staying a little
longer next time and enjoy the uniqueness of this
small, historic, and welcoming town. And please visit
the Hancock Chamber of Commerce’s web site
for a complete listing of businesses, recreational
opportunities, and special events that are available
in our immediate area: http://www.hancockmaryland.com.