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Western Maryland Rail Trail Clean up

Western Maryland Rail Trail Clean up

Big Pool, MD: The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Park Service will be having a clean up day on the Western Maryland Rail Trail on Saturday May 8th from 9am to 12pm.
Fort Frederick State Park is looking for volunteers to participate in their spring rail trail clean up. Groups of volunteers will be stationed at several points along the trail from Big Pool to Hancock. Trash bags and water will be provided but it is recommended that volunteers bring work gloves, sturdy shoes, clothes to get dirty in, sunscreen, snacks, and insect repellant. Registration is required by April 25th for all interested participants. For more information or to register please call Fort Frederick State Park at 301-842-2155 during the office hours of 9am to 4pm. Directions to a meeting place will be given out upon registration.
The Western Maryland Rail Trail is a 23 mile long paved bike trail that was built on the abandoned Western Maryland Railway. The trail runs from Big Pool thru the historic town of Hancock to its terminus at Pearre Station. This is an excellent trail for bicycling, hiking, cross country skiing, and other recreational activities. The Rails to Trails Conservancy, a non-profit organization, recently chose the Western Maryland Rail Trail as one of the top 12 trails in the United States. The Western Maryland Rail Trail (WMRT) begins approximately one-half mile west of historic Fort Frederick State Park and winds along the Potomac River, through rolling farmland, woodlands, and rural towns to its terminus at the southern slope of Sideling Hill Ridge. The wonderfully paved rail trail has been called a "Cathedral in the Trees," and is visited by nearly 100,000 outdoor enthusiasts annually.
For more information about the WMRT, see: www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/wmrtmap.html and also: www.hancockmd.com/WMRT/maps.html. Also see: www.dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/western/wmrt.asp.
For more information about Washington County, see: www.marylandmemories.com. The Western Maryland Rail Trail is a member of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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