Repairs to derail Western Maryland Rail Trail
Hikers should steer clear of two segments of the Western Maryland Rail Trail during the first week of November.
The Department of Natural Resources will be patching up the popular 23-mile Washington County footpath and will post detours during that time.
The first section, between mile marker 9.1 and mile marker 10.3, will be shut down Nov. 1-3. The second section, between mile marker 0.8 and mile marker 2.5, will be closed from Nov. 3-7. Hikers should follow signs and detour onto the C&O Canal.
Bad weather would push back both repair projects one week. The staff at Fort Frederick State Park (301-842-2155) can supply an update.
The Rails to Trails Conservancy chose the Western Maryland Rail Trail as one of the top 12 trails in the United States. The trail can be accessed from I-70, from either exit 12 (Big Pool), exit 3 (Hancock), or from I-68 at exit 77 (Pearre Station).