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Assistant Secretary Riford Attends Western Maryland Rail Trail Opening

Assistant Secretary of Commerce Tom Riford spoke at the ribbon cutting for the Western Maryland Rail Trail (WMRT) extension (Phase 4) on June 1. The WMRT runs from near Fort Frederick State Park in Washington County to Little Orleans in Allegany County. The WMRT is a prime recreational activity for the region attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors, with the completed section stretching more than 26 miles and paralleling the C&O Canal. Created as a joint NPS and DNR project, the WMRT was welcomed by community and business leaders, and the paved, linear trail is suited to anyone seeking a pleasant, leisurely outdoor experience including walking, running, biking, and inline skating. The easy grade and paved surface make this trail ideal for families, the elderly, and persons with limited mobility. The WMRT is wheelchair accessible and leashed pets are permitted on the trail.

Pictured: Assistant Secretary of Commerce Tom Riford (Center) at the WMRT extension (Phase 4) ribbon cutting.