Western Maryland Rail Trail

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Western Maryland Rail Trail

Western Maryland Rail Trail

The WooFDriver took the WooFPAK on a Midnight Mushing Tour of the Western Maryland Rail Trail. The ghosts of the past are all along this trail from the ruins of the Round Top Cement Mill to Fort Frederick.

This trail parallels the C&O Canal Towpath with the town of Hancock, Maryland in the middle of its 22 miles. It is here that the Round Top Cement Mill is located, built in the 1830’s and Hancock’s largest employer during the Civil War. Remnants of the mill’s buildings are still standing along side the trail.

At the end/beginning of the trail is Fort Frederick in the town of Big Pool. This fort has a long history, in 1756 the stone fort was built to protect settlers during the French and Indian War. It was utilized in the American Revolution to prison British soldiers. Union troops were often stationed near the fort to guard the C&O Canal during the Civil War. The state of Maryland acquired it in 1922 and was turned into parkland in the 1930’s.

It would be no surprise with all the history in this area to see the apparition of a solider going to battle or to hear the noise of canon fire from the past.

Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources Website to learn more about Fort Frederick State Park and the trail

Trail Link Website to learn more about the Western Maryland Rail Trail

Enjoy these videos of the WooFDriver’s Midnight Mushing Tour!

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