Along the trail a Maryland Park Ranger had set up a bear display to show us that black bears are common in this area and to watch for them crossing the trail. He indicated that a couple of bears had been sighted near the spot he had set up his display that very morning. His display only showed the skin and footprint of a bear. We didn't see any bears but did see a few deer.
We stayed in Hancock in the 1828 Trail B&B which was conveniently located at the mid point of the Trail. This allowed us to do the entire trail in a 20 mile ride each of the 2 days we were in Hancock. We have plans to return here in the fall when the leaves turn for another ride.
With the limited dining choices in Hancock we found a great restaurant in Berkeley Springs which is only a short 8 mile drive from Hancock. Tari's (pronounced "terry's) had the best crab cakes and cream of crab soup I have ever had. Who knew you could go to West Virginia for great crab cakes. The creme brulee is supposed to also be fantastic but unfortunately they were out of it the night we were there.