The trail’s possible uses include walking, running, rollerblading, cycling, cross-country skiing, and observing nature. Because it would be nearly level, people of all ages and abilities, including the disabled, could use and enjoy the trail. Connections to other trails would promote its use as a safe commuter route to schools, the Brunswick MARC station, and Hagerstown.
There would be many benefits to Washington County citizens and visitors. The trail would provide safe recreation, create jobs, help the county’s economy, encourage tourism, improve physical and mental health and reduce automobile pollution as it would promote commuting via bicycle and walking.
It is important to support measures that assure appropriate access across the trail to bordering land. We urge the Washington County and Maryland State elected officials to support development of the Civil War Railroad Trail.
Everyone benefits from an increase in the number of bicyclists and pedestrians and improvements to bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure.
Development of the Civil War Railroad Trail is sure to move the county forward toward achieving sustainability, quality of life, and its economic development goals.