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Bike Tour Highlights Past, Present And Future Of Western Maryland Rail Trail

Bike Tour Highlights Past, Present And Future Of Western Maryland Rail Trail

Big Pool, Md. (June 1, 2012) ─ History buffs or those interested in a scenic bike ride are invited to take part in a guided tour featuring tales of the Western Maryland Rail Trail’s past and the plans for its future, starting at 10 a.m. on June 9.

“The Western Maryland Rail Trail was a former railway that now serves as 22 mile-long, paved walking and biking trail,” said Park Ranger Andrew Vecchio. “A park ranger will lead the tour, explaining the role the former Western Maryland Railway played in the area, how the trail came to be, and its current recreational use and future expansion plans.”

The guided tour will last about four hours, covering nearly 20 miles round-trip. The ride is on a mostly paved, flat surface, suitable for people of most ages and fitness levels. It will be held rain or shine. Participants should dress for the weather and pack sunscreen, insect repellant, water and a snack or lunch. Bike helmets are required for riders under age 16 and are encouraged for all others.

The ride is free to the public and preregistration is not required. Participants will meet at 10 a.m. at the C&O Bicycle Shop located at 9 South Pennsylvania Avenue, Hancock, Md., 21750. The bike shop offers bike rentals and can be contacted at 301-678-6665. More information about the tour is available by calling 301-842-2155 during regular office hours.

The Fort Frederick State Park complex is the home of Maryland’s premier stone fort. Fort Fredrick was built by the colony of Maryland in 1756 to protect its western boundaries and as a base to attack French claims to the Ohio River valley. The Western Maryland Rail Trail is owned and managed by the Department of Natural Resources, Fort Frederick State Park complex.


   June 1, 2012

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

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