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Western Maryland Rail Trail Guided Bike Ride May 5

Western Maryland Rail Trail Guided Bike Ride May 5

Big Pool, Md. (April 17, 2012) — Fort Frederick State Park invites participants to enjoy a leisurely, guided bike ride along the historic Western Maryland Rail Trail from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 5. Bikers will follow a naturalist to discover and learn about the area’s natural wonders.

“Spring on the Western Maryland Rail Trail is a time of enchantment. We will see neotropical songbirds, having returned from long migratory flights, a profusion of wildflowers blooming along the trail, and all while the Potomac River accompanies us on our journey, singing its way to the Chesapeake,” said Charles Sullivan, park seasonal ranger and naturalist. “If one is attentive, the rail trail experience provides a narrative between the landscape and traveler that is unforgettable.”

The guided tour will last about four hours, covering nearly 24 miles round-trip. The ride is on a mostly paved, flat surface, suitable for people of most ages and fitness levels. Accommodations for individuals with disabilities will be provided upon request with seven days advance notice. Participants should dress for the weather and carry plenty of water.

Bicycle rentals and snacks are available at the bicycle shop, which is located along the Western Maryland Rail Trail and the C&0 Canal National Historic Park in Hancock. There are also a variety of restaurants in the town.

The ride is free to the public and pre-registration is not required. Participants will meet at 9 a.m. at the C&O Bicycle Shop located at 9 South Pennsylvania Avenue, Hancock, Md., 21750. Children must be accompanied by an adult. More information about the bike ride is available by calling 301-842-2155 during normal office hours.


   April 17, 2012

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

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