Explore Historic Hancock, Maryland: From Rail Town to Canal Town to Bicycling Hub

As featured on the Western Maryland Rail Trail site, this itinerary features Hancock, Maryland, which offers ample parking, dining and just about anything else recreational enthusiasts might need.You might start early and ride one-half of the trail until noon and have lunch at one of the local restaurants—casual clothing is always welcome. Then spend the remainder of the afternoon riding the second half.

Or plan to spend the weekend: Ride the eastern half of the trail on Saturday, and tour Fort Frederick while you’re there. Spend a relaxing evening at one of Hancock’s local hotels, lodges or bed & breakfasts. On Sunday you can complete the western half of the trail.

Lunch is available at local establishments so you’ll be able to pack and ride. Specialty shops are springing up on the recently revitalized Main Street to serve the needs and interests of travelers and area residents. Known statewide and beyond for the town’s many restaurants, Hancock continues to be a favorite stop for travelers in the region.

The re-watered section of the C&O Canal in Hancock provides the visitor with an appreciation of what the Canal looked like while in operation. It also complements the fishing opportunities that exist at the Potomac River Boat Ramp, providing some of the best bass fishing on this section of the River. So there’s plenty to do for a day, weekend or more! You’ll find Hancock the perfect place to “dock” for your trip on the Western Maryland Rail Trail! For more information, visit the Hancock activities page.


Region: C&O Canal Towpath
Activity: Bicycling, History

Last updated: August 13, 2018

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Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
c/o Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
142 W. Potomac St.

Williamsport, MD 21795


This phone will reach the main line for the C&O Canal National Historical Park.

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