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Bicycling & Hiking

The Western Maryland Rail Trail - Hancock Station ZERO miles from Hancock.
A paved bike path that originally extended from Hancock to Fort Frederick 11 miles to the east. In June of 2002, another nine miles were added extending the trail west to Polly's Pond. Trail was again extended tp Pearre Station, 3 miles West of Polly Pond. It's absolutely beautiful, and great for level-walker hiking and roller blading as well. (Photo to the right shows a family from Eastern Maryland visiting Hancock to try out the newly opened extension to the west.)

 

 

http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/wmrt.html

The C&O Canal Tow Path Trail: ZERO miles from Hancock. Travel to Cumberland to the west, or Georgetown, Washington DC to the east. But if you're not camping along the way, make a day's trip using the C&O Canal towpath in one direction, and return to Hancock using the Rail Trail.

If mountain biking (or hiking) is your passion, check out the trails at the following locations:

17 miles from Hancock - Cacapon Resort State Park
17 miles from Hancock - Green Ridge State Forest
31 miles from Hancock - Rocky Gap State Park
35 miles from Hancock - Warrior Mountain Wildlife Management Area

Other hiking and backpacking opportunities

:ZERO miles from Hancock - The Tuscarora Trail
12 miles from Hancock - Sideling Hill Public Lands
14 miles from Hancock - Fort Frederick State Park
15 miles from Hancock - Buck Valley Ranch
16 miles from Hancock - Billmeyer/Belle Grove Wildlife Management Area
20 miles from Hancock - Indian Springs Wildlife Management Area
30 miles from Hancock - Buchanan State Forest near Breezewood, PA

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy - www.railstotrails.org

WMRTS - www.westernmarylandrailtrailsupporters.org

www.trailtowns.org

 

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