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Marta from Arlington on 10/31/2020 7:19:45 AM:
Hello! We're planning to ride out & back from Whites Ferry north/west to Shepherdstown. Not sure how miles in my legs I'm guess it will be 80ish miles. So maybe a shuttle would be more enjoyable or just 20 out, 20 back. Anyway, what are our parking options? Is it safe to leave cars for the day & where? I'm studying the map & it doesn't seem obvious. Suggestions welcome. Thank you,

John W. from Pittsburgh,PA on 10/31/2020 9:59:46 AM:
Marta - if you’re not sure how your many miles you got in your legs, I would recommend an out and back and just turn around when you feel it’s time to turn around. If you’ve got the legs and you’d rather do the whole distance to Shepherdstown one way and shuttle it back, then that could be a good route. I’d call around and see about cost though, it may affect your decision. I don’t know of any but I’m sure bicycle shops would know. As for parking at Whites Ferry, there is a huge parking lot next to the store/grill looking at Google Maps. You’ll be fine there.

Marta on 10/31/2020 3:09:46 PM:
Thanks John. That helps. I looked at the site more & think I figured out more parking options If we can only do out & back I'm wondering if the stretch from Shepherdstown east is more interesting. The towpath is closer to the water from there past Harpers Ferry towards Brunswick. Thoughts?

John W. from Pittsburgh,PA on 10/31/2020 8:21:04 PM:
Both seem equally close to the Potomac but here’s what’s new in the last year or so. The part from Whites Ferry to Shepherdstown was just resurfaced this spring so it’s more like a crushed limestone rail trail rather than the dirt mule paths that existed before. I rode it in June and it’s so nice.

wkr from Brunswick, MD on 11/1/2020 6:47:34 PM:
The resurfacing actually began in spring 2019. We had a lot of rain and flooding in 2017 and 2018 leading to extensive damage to the tow path surface in the stretch from edwards ferry to shepherdstown so that stretch was given priority for the resurfacing, which started here in brunswick. The resurfacing is a pretty slow process, 1-1.5 miles every 3 days or so. The results have been awesome.

Marta from Arlington on 11/5/2020 7:02:39 PM:
What's the best place to park near Brunswick, MD? Thanks!

Rivnuts from Homestead, PA on 11/5/2020 8:33:28 PM:
I would think the MARC train commuter parking lot would be a good place to park in Brunswick.

wkr from Brunswick, MD on 11/6/2020 10:10:14 AM:
Yes, the commuter lot should be fine. There are residents who leave vehicles and trailers there all the time.