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The Great Allegheny Passage

Welcome to the Mid-Atlantic Rail-Trail Page!

The map below shows the location of various Rail-to-Trail projects in the Mid-Atlantic Area. To find out more about the trails, simply move your mouse to each trail on the map. Click on the trails for detailed information.

If you don't have a fancy browser, you can follow these links for a list of Baltimore/Washingtion and Mid-Atlantic Trails

Looking for more?Check out the Bike Washington Here you can find the Visitor's Guide, Biking the C&O Canal, and many other bike routes.

What is a Rail Trail? A Rail Trail is a recreational path which has been built in the right-of-way of an abandoned railroad. As a result of the Interstate Highway System, tens of thousands of miles of railroads have been abandoned over the past several decades. While some of these railroads have become rail trails, many of these right-of-ways are now being considered for conversion to some sort of "green way" or recreation path. Typically, the rails and ties are removed and then the surface is improved to allow hiking ,biking, rollerblading, and/or horseback riding.

Rail trails can be great for biking and blading because railroads are designed to have very small grades, thus the resulting rail trail is nearly all flat. Also, in many situations, the right-of-ways exist in undeveloped areas away from the the hustle and bustle of everyday life. However, it should be noted that all rail trails are not created equal. While some trails have been paved or had some type of surface improvement, other trails may remain in a "original ballast" condition which is typically muddy and rocky (not suitable for blading or skinny tires!).

For more information on Rail Trails, check out the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

Northern Central/York County Heritage Trails Northern Central/York County Heritage Trails Ghost Town Trail Great Allegheny Passage Great Allegheny Passage C and O Towpath C and O Towpath C and O Towpath Capital Crescent Trail Western Maryland Rail Trail Lehigh Gorge State Park North Bend Rail Trail Virginia Creeper Trail New River Trail Greenbriar River Trail Baltimore and Annapolis Trail Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis Trail Metropolitian Branch Trail Washington and Old Dominion