Western Maryland Rail Trail

c/o Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Ft Frederick Rd, Big Pool, MD 21711 Get Directions 
Phone: 301-842-2155


Western Maryland
Western Maryland Rail Trail
Newly extended by four miles! Twenty-eight mile-long trail runs from Big Pool along the Potomac River and the C&O Canal Towpath, past Sideling Hill, to Little Orleans. Paved trail popular for cycling, in-line skating and walking. The WMRT begins one-half mile west of historic Fort Frederick State Park in Big Pool; from there, the trail system winds through rolling farmland, woodlands and rural towns.
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January 1, 2020
I have ridden this trail many times. Love that old rail was paved and that much of the rest of the historical markers remain. Visitors can rent bikes at a number of places, and great places to eat...
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November 12, 2018
We did this entire trail over 2 days. Starting at Big Pool we rode to Hancock on the first day and back, about 20 ish miles total. There are some unexpected bumps in the trail due to tree roots...
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August 27, 2018
This review would have been a 5 except that the rail is in need of some maintenance. Mostly from tree roots. Parts of the trail are so rough from roots that it literally shakes your teeth. The...