by Jamie Alvarenga

Follow This Railroad Trail For One Of The Most Unique Hikes In Maryland

Maryland is jam-packed with beautiful hikes, trails, biking paths, and greenways. It’s so easy to find a spot to take in the fresh air! If you’re looking for a new place to explore here in the Old Line State, you’ve got to check out the Western Maryland Rail Trail. It’s one of the best hikes in Maryland, and if you’re a fan of cycling, you’re sure to fall in love. This local gem is underrated, which means you might have it all to yourself. After just one visit, though, you’ll see why it’s truly deserving of so much more attention. With scenic views and tons of history, this spot is worth visiting at least once.

Western Maryland Rail Trail is about 23 miles in length, paralleling the C & O Canal.Google Maps
The paved path begins in Big Pool, Maryland...Flickr / Kordite
...and is very easy to navigate along the way. Mile markers are visible, and the flat surface makes this a great adventure for all ages.Google / Micah Delosier
From children to the elderly, everyone will enjoy the views along the way.Google / Micah Delosier
Walk, jog, or cycle along Western Maryland Rail Trail, where you can explore a portion or ride the entire 23 miles.Flickr / neilfein
Natural scenery varies along the way. This rocky stretch near Hancock is one of our favorite spots.Flickr / Jake Slagle
Cross over bridges...Google / Micah Delosier
...that will provide plenty of water views...Google / Micah Delosier
...and be sure to stop and read the history postings along your travels. Many structures in the area date back to the early 1900s.Google / Tom Z

For more information, including current park conditions and any operating hour updates, visit the Western Maryland Rail Trail official trail website.

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