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February 27, 2014

Sections of Western Maryland Rail Trail to Close for Maintenance

by kking

Portions of the Western Maryland Rail Trail will be closed for scheduled maintenance weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 10 through 27 to ensure the safety of visitors. The work will remove trees and limbs damaged by insects and recent ice storms.

The maintenance will be taking place all throughout the trail. As an alternative route, visitors may use the adjoining C&O Canal unpaved towpath, owned and managed by the National Park Service. Workers will be using heavy power equipment, so park staff remind trail goers to exercise caution and follow sign alerts and verbal direction.

For more information, contact Fort Frederick State Park at 301-842-2155.

The Western Maryland Rail Trail is owned and managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Fort Frederick State Park complex. A former railway, the trail is now a paved, 22-mile walking/biking attraction.  The complex is also home to Fort Frederick, Maryland’s premier stone fort, built by the colony of Maryland in 1756 to protect its western boundaries and as a base to attack French claims to the Ohio River valley.

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