Northern Central Railroad (NCRR) Trail:
This 20 mile long unpaved multi-use facility was the state's first rail trail, constructed in the 1980's. It provides a safe and aesthetic environment for hikers, bikers, equestrians, and cross country skiers. The trail parallels the Gun Powder River, a favorite spot for fishing and tubing. The trail extends from just south of Paper Mill Road in Cockeysville to the Pennsylvania line. Once in Pennsylvania, the trail extends for another 10 miles passing through several small towns. This section of the trail will eventually extend to York, PA. The trail is ADA accessible. For more information, please contact the NCRR Trail at: 410-592-2897.
Rock Creek Stream Valley Park:
Rock Creek Park is an extensive greenway that extends from Lake Needwood in upper Montgomery County to the Georgetown area in central Washington D.C. The paved off-road/on-road system helps hikers, cyclists, and equestrians traverse the heavily populated urban sections of Maryland and the district with connections to a number of recreational and athletic sites, camp grounds, and neighborhoods. The facility is ADA accessible. For more information, please contact the Montgomery County Department of Recreation and Parks at 301-495-2525.
Western Maryland Rail Trail:
The 10 mile long paved trail winds westward from its southern terminus at Big Pool north to Hancock using the abandoned Western Maryland Railroad right-of-way that parallels the north side of the C&O Canal. This trail was constructed for the explicit purpose of providing a State Park facility in the Western Maryland region that was ADA accessible. The trail will eventually extend west to Little Orleans. For more information, please contact Fort Frederick State Park at 301-842-2155.
Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal National Historic Park:
The C&O Canal towpath is a 184 mile long pathway that extends south from Cumberland, Maryland to the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C. The unpaved trail varies in width from a single track width to 10 feet. It is frequented by hikers, bikers, and equestrians. The 150 mile long Great Allegany Passage in Pennsylvania will eventually extend from Pittsburgh to connect to the C&O in Cumberland making this one of the longest trails in the country, 335 plus miles. This trail is in a natural condition and may not be accessible to wheelchairs throughout the park. For more information, please contact the National Park Service at 301-739-4200.
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