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Naturalist to Guide Rail-Trail Ride in Maryland This Saturday

For those of you living in that beautiful part of the world where western Maryland, northeast West Virginia and southern Pennsylvania connect, there is a great rail-trail ride happening this weekend.

Fort Frederick State Park invites the community to a guided bike ride along the Western Maryland Rail Trail Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bikers will follow a naturalist to discover and learn about the area's natural wonders. The guided tour will last about four hours, covering nearly 24 miles roundtrip. The ride is on a mostly paved, flat surface. Accommodations for individuals with disabilities will be provided upon request with advance notice.

Bicycle rentals and snacks are available at the bicycle shop along the Western Maryland Rail Trail and the Chesapeake & 0hio Canal National Historic Park in Hancock, Md.

The ride is free to the public and registration is not required. Participants will meet at 9 a.m. at the C&O Bicycle Shop, 9 S. Pennsylvania Ave. in Hancock. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, call 301.842.2155 or go to www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/western/wmrt.

Also in Maryland: between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, at Herring Run Parks, 4700 Parkside Drive, Baltimore Greater Baltimore Children and Nature (GBCAN) is hosting the very cool "Docs In The Park" initiative.

For many city residents, who are often kept indoors in apartments, homes and schools because of a lack of appealing options or safety concerns, it is a big challenge to offer outdoor exercise and valuable connections to nature.

More and more doctors are prescribing nature and outdoor activities to their patients. They know that spending time in nature relieves stress, combats obesity, reduces asthma and ADHD in children.

At Docs In The Park, you can join local healthcare professionals and GBCAN folks for a free, family-friendly day of fun activities, including a park maintenance project, jump rope, pogo sticks, kickball, relay races, free healthy eating and more!

More info at www.parksandpeople.org, or call Mike Dorsey at 410.448.5663 x124.

Photo of the Western Maryland Rail Trail courtesy of TrailLink.com user 'OldTerry'

Posted Thu, May 3 2012 1:00 PM by Jake Lynch

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