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Bike Tour Highlights Past, Present and Future of Western Maryland Rail Trail
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 October 13 at the C&O Bicycle Shop in Hancock.
“During the tour, participants will see the relics of past modes of transportation, which played an important role in making the area what it is today,” said Park Ranger Andy Vecchio.
The Western Maryland Rail Trail was a former railway that now serves as 22-mile long, paved walking and biking trail. A park ranger will lead the tour and explain how the former Western Maryland Railway shaped the area. Participants will also learn about the current recreational use and future expansion plans of the trail.
The guided tour will last about four hours, taken at leisurely pace and will cover approximately 20 miles round-trip. The tour 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 and insect repellant. Everyone should bring water and a snack or lunch. Bike helmets are required for riders under age 16 and encouraged for all others.
The C&O Bicycle Shop is located at 9 South Pennsylvania Avenue, Hancock, Md., 21750. The shop offers bike rentals and can be contacted at 301-678-6665.
More information on 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 Frederick 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.