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Eddysingletrack from Altoona on 4/9/2019 8:36:28 PM:
Okay, I want to plan a group bike ride to/from Bills Place in Little Orleans & PawPaw. I can't find any straight forward answer as to whether there is direct access to either of the C&O Trail or the Western Maryland Rail Trail. Like, how far off the trail is Bills Place, and how to connect to the trail. Do we need to ride several miles on a road, or just a bike path? Thanks for any help.

Rivnuts from Homestead, PA on 4/10/2019 5:45:39 AM:
That depends on what your definition of "direct acces" is. If you are planning to drive to Bill's Place and to Paw Paw, you can ride your bikes to the trail easily from both. From Bill's Place, you simply ride down a road with a short grade to 15-mile creek park to access the trail. From Paw Paw, you have to ride a little farther (about a mile) albeit down hill along a lightly travelled highway and bridge over the river to get to the trail. I' be more concerned about whether the Paw Paw tunnel is open as it is scheduled to be closed this spring for further maintenance. The detour up and over the mountain in route to/from Bill's Place is not rideable and quite challenging if wet.

Eddysingletrack from Altoona on 4/14/2019 10:02:59 PM:
Rivnuts, thanks. I wasn't aware the tunnel was to be closed again this year. But Yes, we were planning to drive to Bills Place at Little Orleans and bike to PawPaw and back. And we are planning to do that ride on April 27th.