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Welcome to the Western Maryland Rail Trail (WMRT), an asphalt paved path that was reclaimed from the former Western Maryland Railroad and is maintained by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

The WMRT is a 20+ mile trail that follows the bends and curves of both the C&O Canal and the Potomac River. The WMRT is perfect for hiking, biking, inline skating (roller blading) or, weather permitting, crosscountry skiing. And it's handicap accessible. From Hancock, Maryland, the trail travels 10 miles to the east to about 1/2 mile from Fort Frederick State Park, and another ten miles to the west to Polly's Pond (a small body of water where canal boats would winter). The trail is especially suited to families, novice cyclists (it's almost completely flat), and for anyone seeking a pleasant, leisurely ride.

The section from Fort Frederick opened in 1998, and the western route provided an additional ten miles in 2002. Crossovers to the C & O Canal will be found at mile markers 117 and 119 and at the Hancock Station parking area.

The trail is open year round and offers ample parking at the Hancock Station, just off Main Street in the historic town of Hancock.

Area Information contact:
Hancock Chamber of Commerce, 126 W. High Street, Hancock, MD 21750
Phone: 301-678-5900
E-mail: info@HancockMaryland.com
Hours: 9AM-4:30PM

Contact Information on the WMRT:
Western Maryland Rail Trail, c/o Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Road , Big Pool, MD, 21711
Phone: 301-842-2155


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