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C & O Canal

Washington DC, DC (National Mall)
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Ranked #68 of 257 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Running
Description: A 185-mile canal which runs from D.C. to Cumberland, Maryland.
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Haymarket, Virginia
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68 reviews 68 reviews
42 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

I just finished biking the entire C&O Canal from Washington DC to Cumberland, MD. 184.5 miles! I am not in the best of shape, but I decided to make a goal to ride the whole C&O. I hope you will be inspired. I learned from my brother-in-law; "No matter how slow you go, you are faster than the guy on... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Get your bike, hiking shoes, and start out from any spot on the 180 mile C&O Canal. If you can't do a hike or a bike ride, at least walk a few blocks in Georgetown. You will be surprised. You will be delighted. The longer you have to spend around it, the richer the rest of the day, month or... More

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Gardner, Kansas
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47 reviews 47 reviews
30 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

If you are in the area and want to walk, if the weather is nice, this is a great walk, with great views and impressive shops on both sides in Georgetown.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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47 reviews 47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Our ride didn't start in Washington, but rather further inland in Harpers Ferry. The bike path is accessible from Harpers Ferry by walking over a railroad bridge (yes, a train passed right beside us) and then carrying our bikes down a spiral staircase to the canal path. I don't recommend this approach to anyone who would be unable to carry... More

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Arizona
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83 reviews 83 reviews
25 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

A fun bike trial! We rented bikes from the Bike and Roll Union Station $35 / day (helmet/lock provided). We rode down thru the National Mall starting at the Capital head towards Memorial Tower where you then headed north towards downtown until "H" street and headed west, pass the White House to Georgetown. Rode thru Georgetown downtown to the end,... More

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Shoreview, Minnesota
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61 reviews 61 reviews
22 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Interesting to step back in time and travel the canal by barge and mule. Would never have stumbled upon it, you must know where you are going. (It's in Georgetown). Kind of slow but the history is interesting,

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Denver, Colorado
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110 reviews 110 reviews
45 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This gem is accessible from several places in Virginia, Maryland and DC. The locks are fascinating, and the footpath is patrolled so that women alone feel safe (during the day). Since the path is flat, those of us with canes find it easy for walking. Cyclists and joggers love it too. So green! Turtles, dragonflies, history!

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Alexandria, VA
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509 reviews 509 reviews
242 attraction reviews
177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

This C & O was built as a result a vision to connect inland waterways with the Atlantic Ocean. It stretches from Western Maryland to Georgetown with a delightful historical discovery at every point along the way. The locks are fascinating in their attempt to move water to different levels to provide safe passage to boats on their way south.... More

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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136 reviews 136 reviews
54 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

This historic canal is beautiful and a fun outing from all the monuments in DC. We rented bikes and rode for 15 miles to beyond the Great Falls which were stunning. We turned around at a park visitor center which had canal boat rides and food available. The locks and the old canal houses were interesting and we saw turtles... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

The C&O is a fantastic trail that you can enjoy on a sunny afternoon. You can depart from georgetown and go as far as you like (it goes for miles). The beginning is close to baked and wired so you can take a few goodies to fuel-up your trek (check my review of baked and wired)!

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