Carpendale Trail | West Virginia Rails To Trails


The Carpendale Trail straddles the North Branch of the Potomac River between Carpendale in West Virginia and Cumberland in Maryland. The wooden bridge spanning 386 feet across the river is a highlight, as is the 1,500-foot-long tunnel through Knobley Mountain.

Although the Carpendale Trail is less than a mile long, easy connections can be made to two much longer trails. On the trail’s east end, it directly connects with the C&O Canal Towpath (near mile marker 183), which stretches nearly 185 southeast to Washington, DC. In Cumberland, the C&O Trail also in turn connects to the famed Great Allegheny Passage, heading 150 miles northwest to Pittsburgh.

Trail Manager Contact

City of Carpendale

Post Office Box 7
Carpendale, West Virginia


Also known as Knobley Tunnel Trail:  Connects to C&O Canal Towpath at mile-marker 184.5

Knobley Tunnel Closed: April, 2019

Trail Stats

Trail Status Temporarily Closed
Trail End Points Miller Lane (Carpendale, WV) to C&O Canal Towpath (Cumberland, MD)
Counties Allegany, Mineral (Maryland, West Virginia)
Trail Length .8 miles (almost a mile)
Activities Walking, Biking, Wheelchair Accessible
Trail Surface Crushed Stone
Trail Link Profile Profile
Parking and Trail Access

Take I-68 to Cumberland, Maryland; use Exit 42 to Ridgeley, West Virginia.