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C&O Canal Towpath

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Ranked #162 of 700 attractions in Maryland
Type: Hiking Trails, Biking Trails
Activities: Biking
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Spring, Texas, United States
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46 reviews 46 reviews
20 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

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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85 reviews 85 reviews
25 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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141 reviews 141 reviews
37 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
11 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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Memphis, Tennessee
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33 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Stumbled across this beautiful area to walk, ride a bike or kayak. Go to the Potomac, MD area to see the Great Falls and take the mule drawn barge ride. In this area they have restrooms, a snack stand and shaded picnic area. Use your National Park Passport for free parking on weekends. During the week there was no one... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Left from Georgetown on the 7th of June - took the "Capital Cresant outta town cuz of it bein' paved - YET, be aware that down the path on the Cap C. , there's NOT a clear indication of where to get onto the C&O; made it the 35 miles to Leesburg that 1st night {as per the Planning-sites indication... More

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Somers, New York
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150 reviews 150 reviews
49 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013 via mobile

I took a walk here with some friends, near Great Falls, in the vicinity of Potomac. There were many people out for a stroll on this beautiful Sunday afternoon, along with bikers and runners too. There's much to enjoy while walking along the tow path, with the canal on one side, and the river on the other. It's easy to... More

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Lovettsville, Virginia, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

This is a wonderful place to walk or bike. The towpath is flat. It isn't paved, but it is a packed surface that's easy to walk or bike along. Watch for Eagles and other wildlife along the way and stop in some of the towns along the towpath to enjoy a bite to eat and some local scenery.

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Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

This is a great place for a solo, family, or friends to walk, run, or bike. The tow path is a wide, level surface with a VERY gradual climb in elevation from Washington, DC along the Potomac River to Cumberland, MD. Over 180 niles if you travel the entire length. My friends and I started at Shepherdstown (this time) and... More

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