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Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail Guide Now Available

ANNAPOLIS, MD (December 7, 2009) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Maryland Park Service released the first issue of the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail Guide December 1, 2009.

The trail, originally named the NCR Trail Northern Central Railroad Trail when it opened in 1984, was renamed after Dr. Torrey C. Brown, a former Secretary of Natural Resources (1983 – 1995). Dr. Brown was a driving force in transforming the abandoned railroad into a multi-use recreational trail enjoyed by hikers, bicyclists and equestrians.

The 20-mile trail is part of Gunpowder Falls State Park and runs from Ashland Road near Loch Raven Reservoir, past Monkton to the Maryland – Pennsylvania border.

The guide is waterproof, tear proof and feature a full color map, along with pictures and information. It costs $3.00 and is available in the DNR online store at: or by mail.

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   December 7, 2009

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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