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Address: MD
Activities: Biking

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I've done the trail 2 and 1/2 times (my first trip failed around mile 72) and loved it. It is not as smooth as other trails, but that is part of it's charm. Highlights include the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
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Beltsville, Maryland
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Beltsville, Maryland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
23 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

I've done the trail 2 and 1/2 times (my first trip failed around mile 72) and loved it. It is not as smooth as other trails, but that is part of it's charm. Highlights include the Paw Paw Tunnel, Great Falls, and Fort Frederick. You can take smaller chunks if you just want a nice day out.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Fifteen minutes from our nation's capitol, in the heart of thriving Montgomery County, Maryland is the C&O canal and towpath. The canal itself was created to transport coal from Cumberland Maryland to Georgetown prior to the coming of the railroad, which ultimately made the use of the canal for transport of coal obsolete. Over the years the canal and towpath... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Rode the C and O as part of a combined GAP and C and O towpath tour from Pittsburgh to Washington. The combination of the linked trails over this length makes for a possibility for a long-distance off road adventure. Imagine going for 11 days without seeing a single fast food chain restaurant, and passing through small towns frozen in... More 

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Lutherville, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We traveled the 3.5 miles opposite Harpers Ferry. It is level, wide, shaded, gravel surface that was packed with flora and fauna! The gleeful shouts of the people tubbing one side and the turtles, deer and geese on the other ! What a fun day ! =]

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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479 helpful votes 479 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The C&O Canal Towpath (which was used to tow canal boats with a pair of oxen) runs all the way from the eastern edge of Georgetown, just south of M St, to Harper's Ferry, W VA. Many cyclists enjoy this 60 mile bike ride, while most users simply take a stroll, jog, hike, bike ride, fish or have a boat... More 

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Spring, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We went here later afternoon with the family. We entered near the Great Falls, MD side and walked to the Great Falls overlook. The walk along the canal and the river was so beautiful. My kids had a blast being boys and playing with the rocks. I enjoyed the Great Falls boardwalk onto the island. We got to watch many... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

If you like to walk the canal and want to explore very small caves on your own, try Snyder's Landing along the C & O canal, minutes from the Antietam Battlefield. As park rangers will tell you, townspeople from Sharpsburg, Maryland hid in caves along the canal during the historic Civil War Battle of Antietam (Sept. 16-18, 1862). That was... More 

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Frederick, Maryland
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149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

I recently ventured out to the C&O Canal National Historical Park. It extends from Georgetown in DC up to Cumberland, MD (184.5 miles) although originally it was intended to run all the way up to Pittsburgh, PA for the purpose of connecting the Chesapeake Bay to the Ohio River. More historical as well as current information can be found at... More 

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Brunswick, Maryland
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46 reviews 46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I used to hike and ride my bike on the C&O Towpath, but in the past few years up until last month when the horseback riding season ended I have been riding horses on it. Going on horseback beside the Potomac River is fantastic. The last time we had 13 riders with 13 horses, and it was an evening trip... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

I rode the GAP to Cumberland, MD, and then the C&O toward Washington, DC, leaving the C&O via White's Ferry at Leesburg, VA. The C&O towpath trail is not nearly as well maintained as the GAP trail. My ride out of Cumberland going south was on a day with heavy rain. There was no chance to look at scenery unless... More 

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