News from the DNR Office of Communications

Western Maryland Rail Trail Bike Ride May 29

Annapolis, MD (May 27, 2010) — Maryland Park Service (MPS) will host a guided bike ride on Saturday May 29, 2010 on the Western Maryland Rail Trail. Participants will meet at 9:00 a.m. at the C & O Bicycle Shop in Hancock, Md.

The public is invited to join Fort Frederick State Park naturalist Charles Sullivan for a guided bike/trike ride on the historic Western Maryland Rail Trail. Participants will take a relaxing ride on the paved trail, pausing to explore the natural wonders along the way and can enjoy views of the Potomac River. Bikers will examine some of the flowering plants, birds and discuss the geology and ecology of the area.

“There is no better way to relax, meet new friends, and experience Maryland’s natural environment than a ride on the Rail Trail” said Maryland Park Service Superintendent Nita Settina.

The ride will conclude 11 miles west of the bike shop on the trail at Pearre Station. It will be an informal ride with a leisurely pace. Participants can bike as far as they like, depending on interest level. There will be plenty of breaks to observe the natural surroundings.

Bring a camera to capture all of the beauty that the trail has to offer. The ride will occur rain or shine. Be sure to dress appropriately and bring plenty of water and a light lunch or snack.

For more information, including information about accommodations for individuals with disabilities, contact Fort Frederick State Park during the office hours of 9:00 am to 4:00 pm 301-842-2155.

   May 27, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office / 410-507-7526 cell

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