Carpendale Trail

Maryland, West Virginia

Carpendale Trail Facts

States: Maryland, West Virginia
Counties: Allegany, Mineral
Length: 0.8 miles
Trail end points: Miller Lane (Carpendale, WV) and C&O Canal Towpath (Cumberland, MD)
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6365146
Trail activities: Bike, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Carpendale Trail Description

The Carpendale Trail straddles the North Branch of the Potomac River between Carpendale in West Virginia and Cumberland in Maryland. The wooden bridge spanning 386 feet across the river is a highlight, as is the 1,500-foot-long tunnel through Knobley Mountain.

Although the Carpendale Trail is less than a mile long, easy connections can be made to two much longer trails. On the trail’s east end, it directly connects with the C&O Canal Towpath (near mile marker 183), which stretches nearly 185 southeast to Washington, DC. In Cumberland, the C&O Trail also in turn connects to the famed Great Allegheny Passage, heading 150 miles northwest to Pittsburgh.

Parking and Trail Access

Take I-68 to Cumberland, Maryland; use Exit 42 to Ridgeley, West Virginia.

Carpendale Trail Reviews

I did this trail as a little side trip off the C&O. I think its name is actually Knobley Tunnel Trail. Unmarked from the Maryland side, but it's right beside the remnants of a railroad trestle. My first tunnel on a bicycle - quite the experience! Incredibly humid!

This small trail connects the small town of Carpendale with the Co Canal barely a me from the Cumberland terminus. The tunnel is well lit. Good for bike and hike. The con- very Small parking area.

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