Summary: The first two miles of this trail follows the former Oakland-Confluence narrow gauge railroad bed and so is only a modest but even climb. Frequent puddels and occasional streams trickling across. After the ghost town of Kendall (which is little more than a few foundations and a pile of coal spillage) the trail becomes more difficult, becoming clear why the railroad never made it upriver to Oakland.
Near the end of the trail (5 miles from Friendsville), it narrows and almost disappears. Press on just a little farther and you'll find a place that kayakers call National Falls. Check the outflow information at http://www.americanwhitewater.org/rivers/id/753/ to know when the Deep Creek power plant will be releasing water. These releases double the rivers flow and the kayakers and rafters are out by the scores. You can sit on the rocks and watch them shoot the rapids for hours.
Trailhead: Friendsville lies off Route 68 about mid-way between Morgantown and Frostburg. The exit is on the western side of the river so use Maple St to get across the river and then the first right to take you to the trailhead. On-street parking is available. (Lat:39.66195 Lon:-79.40755)
Trail Guides for Kendall Trail:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Maryland Forest and Park Service - 301-387-5563
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Kevin Geiselman, who has posted 96 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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