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May 11, 2012
The town of Hancock will host one of two National Park Service open houses next week on a proposed extension of the Western Maryland Rail Trail. The park service has prepared an environmental assessment for the extension of the rail trail from Pearre Station near Lock 56 in Washington County, Md., to the public access parking lot of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park near Paw Paw Tunnel in Morgan County, W.Va. The first meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Hancock Town Hall, 126 W. High St. A second meeting is scheduled for to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Paw Paw School, 60 Pirate Circle, Paw Paw, W.Va.
NEWS
September 28, 2012
History buffs or those interested in a scenic bike ride are invited to take part in a guided tour featuring tales of the Western Maryland Rail Trail's past and the plans for its future, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the C&O Bicycle Shop in Hancock. “During the tour, participants will see the relics of past modes of transportation, which played an important role in making the area what it is today,” said Park Ranger Andy Vecchio. The rail trail was a former railway that now serves as 22-mile long, paved walking and biking trail.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | July 19, 2013
Some regular users of the Western Maryland Rail Trail at Big Pool were surprised last week to see a sign asking users to pay a service charge of a dollar per person to use the popular trail. The sign, which went up July 8, had been taken down by Wednesday afternoon. Earlier that day, Maryland Park Service Superintendent Nita Settina acknowledged that the department had made a misstep in putting it up. But Del. LeRoy Myers, R-Washington/Allegany, said questions remain as to how the state Department of Natural Resources, or DNR, which oversees the Maryland Park Service, was able to begin charging a fee to use the trail without public hearings and informing area communities.
NEWS
By TARA REILLY | October 7, 2005
WASHINGTONCOUNTY tarar@herald-mail.com The Western Maryland Rail Trail is getting a little longer. Gov. Robert Ehrlich announced in a written statement Thursday that the state Department of Transportation and the Department of Natural Resources are planning to spend $5 million for a 4.5-mile extension of the trail. The new section is planned to run between Pearre Station and Little Orleans, Md., with access to the 4,400-foot Indigo Tunnel, which was built in 1903, according to the statement.
NEWS
by TOM RIFORD | March 8, 2007
Special to The Daily Mail Washington County has all or part of five national parks, eight state parks, and more than 30 county and city parks. These parks create positive local economic impact for our residents. According to recent statistics, the Antietam National Battlefield Park creates more than $10 million of local economic impact in Washington County annually, the C&O Canal National Historical Park creates more than $9 million of local economic impact in our county, and five state parks that make up the South Mountain Recreation Area create more than $3.5 million in local economic impact.
NEWS
By KEVIN G. GILBERT / Staff Photographer | April 12, 2007
A cyclist pedals a recumbent bicycle Tuesday on the Western Maryland Rail Trail in Hancock. Tuesday's cool spring weather made for ideal biking conditions.
NEWS
April 16, 2007
ANNAPOLIS - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Park Service, has announced that Jerry France, a volunteer ranger at Fort Frederick State Park and the Western Maryland Rail Trail, is the 2006-07 recipient of the Agency Volunteer Award presented by the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association. The award was presented during the association's annual conference in Ocean City, Md. Lt. Angie Hummer, park manager at Fort Frederick State Park and Western Maryland Rail Trail, nominated France for the award.
NEWS
November 22, 2007
HANCOCK - The Western Maryland Rail Trail has a new brochure that includes phase three of the popular recreational trail. The map shows the recently added 2-1/2 miles of trail and a parking lot at Pearre Station. The brochure was a partnership between the Hancock Chamber of Commerce and the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. It was designed by Icon Graphics. "The new map features the 221/2-mile, all-paved trail," said Hancock Chamber of Commerce President Penny Pittman.
NEWS
April 29, 2012
Fort Frederick State Park invites the community to a guided bike ride along the Western Maryland Rail Trail Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bikers will follow a naturalist to discover and learn about the area's natural wonders. The guided tour will last about four hours, covering nearly 24 miles round trip. The ride is on a mostly paved, flat surface. Accommodations for individuals with disabilities will be provided upon request with advance notice. Bicycle rentals and snacks are available at the bicycle shop along the Western Maryland Rail Trail and the Chesapeake & 0hio Canal National Historic Park in Hancock.
NEWS
By DAVE MCMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | December 12, 2010
The Hancock Town Council backs an expansion of the Western Maryland Rail Trail, a project that supporters say is important for expanded tourism opportunities in the region. The state of Maryland has already set aside $5 million to extend the trail 4.5 miles from Pearre, Md., west of Hancock west to Little Orleans, according to Penny Pittman, president of Western Maryland Rail Trail Supporters. Pittman said her group wants to get support from local governments for a proposal to extend the trail a total of 14 miles, which would grow the trail west to what is known as the Paw Paw Bends in Morgan County, W.Va.
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By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | July 19, 2013
Some regular users of the Western Maryland Rail Trail at Big Pool were surprised last week to see a sign asking users to pay a service charge of a dollar per person to use the popular trail. The sign, which went up July 8, had been taken down by Wednesday afternoon. Earlier that day, Maryland Park Service Superintendent Nita Settina acknowledged that the department had made a misstep in putting it up. But Del. LeRoy Myers, R-Washington/Allegany, said questions remain as to how the state Department of Natural Resources, or DNR, which oversees the Maryland Park Service, was able to begin charging a fee to use the trail without public hearings and informing area communities.
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NEWS
May 3, 2013
Hagerstown BMX Dirt Dreams Series Race More than 200 competitors of all ages will compete for cash and prizes. 8 a.m. Saturday rider clinic by Derek Sipkoi. Following the clinic, riders of all ages will race, up to eight at a time. Sunday registration at 10 a.m., races start at 12:30 p.m. Hagerstown Fairgrounds Park, 370 N. Cannon Ave., Hagerstown. Free for spectators. Go to www.hagerstownbmx.com. Strawberry Festival Food, crafts, games for kids, entertainment by Heavenly Harmony and Back Creek Valley Boys, strawberries by the bag, strawberry sundaes, strawberry shortcake and pies.
NEWS
September 28, 2012
History buffs or those interested in a scenic bike ride are invited to take part in a guided tour featuring tales of the Western Maryland Rail Trail's past and the plans for its future, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the C&O Bicycle Shop in Hancock. “During the tour, participants will see the relics of past modes of transportation, which played an important role in making the area what it is today,” said Park Ranger Andy Vecchio. The rail trail was a former railway that now serves as 22-mile long, paved walking and biking trail.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | May 16, 2012
A plan to extend the Western Maryland Rail Trail could be approved by the National Park Service by August with construction of a portion of the extension possibly beginning later this year. An environmental assessment of the extension was reviewed by about two dozen people Thursday night at an open house meeting at the Hancock Town Hall. The assessment looked at a section from Pearre, Md., to Paw Paw, W.Va., a winding section of  former railroad approximately 15 miles long.
NEWS
May 11, 2012
The town of Hancock will host one of two National Park Service open houses next week on a proposed extension of the Western Maryland Rail Trail. The park service has prepared an environmental assessment for the extension of the rail trail from Pearre Station near Lock 56 in Washington County, Md., to the public access parking lot of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park near Paw Paw Tunnel in Morgan County, W.Va. The first meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Hancock Town Hall, 126 W. High St. A second meeting is scheduled for to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Paw Paw School, 60 Pirate Circle, Paw Paw, W.Va.
NEWS
May 10, 2012
The National Park Service is soliciting public comments on a proposed extension of the Western Maryland Rail Trail to Paw Paw, W.Va. The agency said Wednesday it will hold public meetings Wednesday in Hancock and Thursday in Paw Paw on an environmental assessment of the project. The park service said its preferred alternative would involve 8.1 miles of paved trail construction in two segments. Trail users wishing to hike or bike to Paw Paw from the current terminus in Pearre  would have to use the Chesapeake & Ohio National Historical Park towpath as a connector between the two proposed new sections.
NEWS
April 29, 2012
Fort Frederick State Park invites the community to a guided bike ride along the Western Maryland Rail Trail Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bikers will follow a naturalist to discover and learn about the area's natural wonders. The guided tour will last about four hours, covering nearly 24 miles round trip. The ride is on a mostly paved, flat surface. Accommodations for individuals with disabilities will be provided upon request with advance notice. Bicycle rentals and snacks are available at the bicycle shop along the Western Maryland Rail Trail and the Chesapeake & 0hio Canal National Historic Park in Hancock.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | March 22, 2012
Hagerstown resident Izzy Nelson was riding his bicycle through downtown Hagerstown Thursday. “I love the open air,” he said. “It's a mild time, not too hot, and not too cold.” Nelson, 40, was among area residents taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather in March by going bike riding. Nelson said that he prefers riding a bicycle to driving a car, and bicycling is his primary source of transportation. “I can probably get to places in Hagerstown faster than other vehicles,” he said.
OPINION
February 13, 2012
Rail trail in south end of Washington County a great idea To the editor: I heartily commend Tim Rowland and Marguerite Klein for their informed endorsement of the proposed Civil War Rail Trail. It seems to me especially significant that Ms. Klein is a resident of South County, and I hope that she speaks for the majority who live in that beautiful section of Washington County, since when the idea was floated two decades ago, some vocal residents voiced great opposition.
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