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Directions for Road Detours between Cumberland, MD and Woodcock Hollow

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OBSOLETE

This detour no longer necessary.

The construction between Cumberland, MD and Woodcock Hollow is complete. (Dec 2006)

However this page remains, in case there is a future trail disruption that requires the detour.

There is an official Allegheny Trail Alliance pageexternal link for Open and Closed sections.

To see other gaps in the trail between Pittsburgh PA and Washington DC got to the General Detour Page.

Cumberland MD to Woodcock Hollow

The 9.33-mile segment from Cumberland MD to Woodcock Hollow MD opened to the public December 2006, so this detour is no longer neccessary. To help visualize where this is: Starting in Cumberland at the Western Maryland Scenic Rail Road (WMSRR) Station it is 9.33 miles to Woodcock Hollow then 5.86 miles to Frostburg.

The 5.86-mile section of the bike trail along the Western Maryland Scenic RR from Woodcock Hollow to Frostburg was surfaced in 2005, and the remaining section from Cumberland to Woodcock Hollow was surfaced during 2006. (Official opening December 14th, 2006). You still may take bikes on the train from Cumberland to Frostburg (warn them that you're coming). We definitely recommend this alternative - the train ride is great, and the trail is a long continuous grind uphill. Not a steep grind, but a very long one (15+ miles continuous ). Note that on part of the leg you go north on a road called MD36 south. This is not an error, but a quirk of road naming.

Note: Most people who ride these trails are trying to avoid traffic. Most of you won't want to ride bikes on the detours, and we concur. This detour has a very nasty mile on US 40 in "The Narrows" (aptly named) with absolutely no shoulders and lots of high speed traffic.  However, some people with lots of experience and road riding skill will decide to bike this detour anyhow. If you do ride this detours, be careful, and wear your helmet. Be warned, a portion of this detour is on US 40 in the narrows. A very busy half mile with absolutely no shoulders and lots of high speed traffic.

Westbound Detours

Cumberland’s WMSRR station to Woodcock Hollow (9.14 road miles)

Dist Directions for driving
0.0 Leave WMSRR station by facing away from the station and turning left. Proceed through the parking lots parallel to the train train tracks
0.0 on Baltimore St turn right away from the tracks [elev 620']
0.13 in 0.13 mi turn left on N Centre St. N Centre St is one-way headed northwest
1.06 in 0.93 mi bear right on N Mechanic St
1.14 in 0.08 mi go straight to join US40. The next 1.12 mile is very narrow and very busy
2.25 in 1.12 mi, at the signal, bear right onto MD36 South heading in a northern direction. [elev 660']. Do not follow US 40 under the train tracks.  A decent shoulder begins here
7.93 in 5.68 mi turn left on Woodcock Hollow Rd [elev 1030'] and begin a brisk uphill climb (260+ ft/mile)
9.14 in 1.21 mi arrive at train crossing and trailhead [elev 1320']  turn right (uphill) to go to Frostburg, left is trail construction to Cumberland.
 

Eastbound Detours

Woodcock Hollow to Cumberland’s WMSRR station (8.97 road miles)

Dist Directions for driving
0.0 Turn left (downhill) at the trail end on Woodcock Hollow Rd  [elev 1320']. Do not continue on the unfinished trail, as this will put you in a construction zone.
1.21 in 1.21 mi turn right on MD36 North [elev 1030'] heading in an eastern direction.
6.89 in 5.68 mi turn left on US40 [elev 660'] the next 1.12 mile is very narrow and very busy
8.01 in 1.12 mi bear right on N Mechanic St. N Mechanic St is one-way headed southeast
8.95 in 0.94 mi turn right on Baltimore St
8.97 in 0.02 mi turn left into WMSRR station [elev 620']

The image below will give you a general idea of the directions. Click image for a bigger, clearer, readable image.

Slice of topo map as visual seperator

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