‘The wildest place in Maryland’ threatened by bike paths |


FRIENDSVILLE, Md. — A proposal to expand a network of biking and hiking trails across western Maryland has sparked intense opposition among hikers, whitewater rafters and other outdoor enthusiasts who might otherwise applaud the idea.

And that’s because the project — pushed by two conservative Garrett County Republican lawmakers and a group called Garrett Trails — would route the permanent two-way lanes through the heart of the scenic Youghiogheny River.


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