Great Allegheny Passage Hike 22
Cumberland to Frostburg
How's this sound for a day in the mountains of Western Maryland? You can walk this segment in the morning, have lunch in Frostburg, then take the scenic railroad back to Cumberland. This entire segment is along the tracks of the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. In most places you can walk next to the tracks on ballast or dirt. Use care when crossing bridges or passing through the Brush Tunnel. If it is open, check on the train schedule at the depot. After leaving the depot and avoiding parked railcars, climb steadily to the "Narrows." Just past here you will cross a trestle over a road and creek. Within two miles you reach Helmstetters Curve, a long scenic hairpin turn. Another mile brings you to the 963 foot Brush Tunnel. From here just follow the tracks to the Frostburg Depot. You have now come 16 miles from Cumberland.
Start: Cumberland depot
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Western Maryland Railroad
Did You Know?
As early as the 1820s, free African Americans settled in a community called Vinegar Hill, an area now known as Brightwood. During the Civil War, Fort Stevens was built within Vinegar Hill boundaries and repulsed the only Confederate attack on the District of Columbia.