Biking: the C & D Canal

| June 26, 2002

The Chesapeake and Delaware (C & D) Canal stretches across the top of the Delmarva peninsula from the Chesapeake Bay to the Delaware River. The idea of a canal was first proposed in colonial times to connect Maryland commerce with the industrial colonies to the north, but a working canal was not completed until 1829. [...]

Biking: the Heritage Rail Trail

| June 11, 2000

The York County Heritage Rail Trail is a recreational trail in southern Pennsylvania that follows the tracks of the old Northern Central Railway (NCR) from the Maryland line to the Colonial Courthouse in downtown York. In it’s heyday, the Northern Central was a busy carrier of farm and industrial products between Sunbury, PA, and Baltimore, [...]

Biking: the WMR Trail

| April 9, 2000

The Western Maryland Rail Trail (WMRT) is a 10-mile recreational trail that follows the former route of the Western Maryland Railroad east of Hancock, MD. This trail is especially suitable for families, for novice cyclists, and for anyone seeking a pleasant, leisurely ride. We fit the third category. Most notably, the trail is completely paved, [...]

Biking: Gold Mine Trail

| August 12, 1999

Gold Mine Trail is a 19-mile Pennsylvania rail trail that overlooks the Stony Creek Valley, stretching from Schuylkill County at the east end, across Lebanon County, to Dauphin County at the west end. As far as I can tell, it has no official name, since it is not officially a recreational trail. I have found [...]

Biking: Susquehanna State Park

| May 12, 1999

Susquehanna State Park is located along the west shore of the river a few miles from where it empties into the Chesapeake Bay. The park offers a variety of recreational opportunities with camping, picnic grounds, pond, creek, and river fishing, as well as trails for walking, biking, and horseback riding. Historical sites within the park [...]

Biking: Assateague Island

| April 25, 1999

We loaded our our bikes on the back of the car and headed down the eastern shore of Maryland, hoping to enjoy this clear spring day. Following the directions in our tourbook, we ended up at Assateague Island National Seashore just south of Ocean City. Assateague is an undeveloped barrier island on the Maryland-Virginia line, [...]

Biking: the C & O Canal Trail

| August 28, 1998

On a previous trip to this region, we had discovered the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Trail across from Harpers Ferry, where it briefly joins the Appalachian Trail. The C&O Canal ran along the Potomac River from Washington, DC to Cumberland, MD. Today the entire length of the canal is protected by the National Park [...]

Biking: the NCR Trail

| July 1, 1998

The Northern Central Railway (NCR) Trail is an old railroad bed that has been converted to a recreational trail from Ashland, just north of Baltimore, to the Pennsylvania line. In it’s heyday, the Northern Central was a busy carrier of farm and industrial products between Sunbury, PA, and Baltimore, MD, with connections to other railroads [...]

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