Lock 56


Very few traces remain of a bustling little community of Pearre that sprang up around Lock 56. In addition to the two-story lockhouse, homes and a small hotel that existed here, the area was chosen by the Western Maryland Railroad for a depot and one-mile section of “passing track.”

Today, the site of the Pearre depot is the western terminus of the Western Maryland Rail Trail, a restored section of track that roughly parallels the towpath back to Big Pool. Many locals bike what they call the “bow-tie,” which utilizes both the Rail Trail and the towpath for 40+ mile round-trip. Bikers can experience the history and terrain of both the towpath and the restored railroad bed.

Mile Marker: 136.2


Photo by: Alan Taylor