Bicycling and Hiking
The Chesapeake & Ohio National Historic Park canal towpath passes through Brunswick, Cumberland to the west and Washington to the east. Camp along the way or enjoy day trip itineraries. Both hikers and bikers are welcome. Bring your own bike or rent one for the day from River and Trail Outfitters. Wildlife is abundant along the towpath including many species of native birds which include bald eagles and blue herons. Ample free parking is available in Brunswick in the MARC train lot which is just a few hundred feet from the entrance to the park. Downtown Brunswick is bike friendly with plenty of bike racks, a bike washing station, bike shop, and numerous places to find food, drink, and supplies.
The Appalachian Trail– 4 miles from Brunswick- passes near the local hamlet of Burkittsville (ever see the Blair Witch Project?). The trail provides a rigorous hike to Weverton Cliffs or on to Harpers Ferry, which is home to the Appalachian Trail Visitors Center. Harpers Ferry is the midpoint of the 2200 mile Appalachian Trail and the Visitors Center houses interesting displays and serves as a resting place for many a “through hiker” in the spring and summer. Make Brunswick your access point. Follow the C&O Canal towpath for just a short distance from Brunswick heading west on the towpath and you will find the trail access. Be sure to stop at Weverton Cliffs, after accessing the trail, to admire the stunning view of the Potomac River from high above.
Rivers Edge Park– a new biking trail currently under construction in Brunswick city limits. The 5 mile trail is partially completed and open to visitors. The trail is cut on a 55 acre wooded, sloping site and promises to be an exciting addition to Brunswick’s growing outdoor recreation opportunities.
Gathland State Park– 4 miles from Brunswick- is at the summit of South Mountain and provides an interesting hiking venue to explore the home of “Gath “ Townsend , a journalist who built the war correspondents memorial in his backyard. The Appalachian Trail passes through Gathland State Park.