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Address: MD
Activities: Biking

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Beautiful, relaxing multi-use trail and a very comfortable, easy bike ride

This pathway stretches for many miles and they're all quite nice. We have previously explored the towpath out of Georgetown and it's very beautiful but there are more people on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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El Cerrito, California
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El Cerrito, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

This pathway stretches for many miles and they're all quite nice. We have previously explored the towpath out of Georgetown and it's very beautiful but there are more people on the path in this area. We began this biking adventure in Leesburg, VA at the White's Ferry point on the trail (rented our bikes from Get Out and Go Tours)... More 

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Kernersville
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Rode from DC to Pittsburgh on C&O / GAP with friends. Took about 4 1/2 days. We averaged 75 miles a day. Would like to redo it and take longer so I could get off and visit towns. We ate really good food

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

If you want to see the Great Falls of the Potomac, it is best to visit on the Maryland side. There is a short walk over several pedestrian bridges from the C & O Canal towpath to the falls. The views are spectacular. Be sure to visit the museum that shows how the canal worked and how people lived along... More 

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Beltsville, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 556 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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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118 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 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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