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C & O Canal

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Address: Washington DC, DC
Activities: Running
Description: A 185-mile canal which runs from D.C. to Cumberland, Maryland.

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Lovely walk in beautiful Georgetown

I walked there in the morning from my hotel in New Hampshire road. It is easy to access this canal from M street in Georgetown too. One can walk as far as one wishes and there... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I walked there in the morning from my hotel in New Hampshire road. It is easy to access this canal from M street in Georgetown too. One can walk as far as one wishes and there are many places to exit too. I strongly recommend a walk here while visiting Washington DC.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal trail is an excellent way to gain an appreciation of the history of Washington D.C. Easy to walk and it's fairly obvious where to go. Plenty of good photo opportunities along the way. It provides a good contrast to all the museums and monuments (and the crowds) in the vicinity of the National Mall.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

I'm always on the lookout for nice places to go for a jog and I chanced upon the C&O canal during a recent visit to DC. It is one of the nicest places I have ever jogged. Tree lined, you run along the canal for as long as you like. It's quiet for the most part and incredibly scenic. I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Yes, it does not look fancy or clean but it is an important bit of history that was started to enable people and goods to be sent from the Potomac all the way to the Ohio River and farther west. But by the time it got halfway there the railroads were an easier way to do all this and the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

A walk along the Canal is a nice respite from the busy main street of Georgetown. It is very scenic even in early spring and has an interesting lock system.

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Mooresville, North Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Walking around a little after having a great dinner on M. We walked down towards the Potomac and the canal was very dirty looking. I hope it was just bad timing. Beside the Potomac River had a lot of debris out there as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

My wife and daughter love to shop and Georgetown is great. However, I can only shop so long before I get very bored. If your family is like this, the C & O is a great opportunity for the restless to stretch your legs while others shop. Georgetown is the end of the Potomac tidewater and just up stream are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

I'm a big history lover, and the history of this canal is very historical! You can bike along it if you're fit and adventurous, or just walk and read the markers about the history if you prefer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This is the first long distance bike tour my husband and I ever rode. The trail itself is well laid out and very easy to ride. A mountain bike or touring bike with wider tires is ideal. There are many campsites and bed and breakfast establishments easily accessible from the trail. The whole ride was very scenic and serene. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

I have biked the C&O many times over the last 20 plus years. I typically start in Cumberland and head toward Georgetown, which is slightly downhill. I have found that riding 10 mph has worked out the best for me. The quickest I ever made the trip was in 3 days. I love the history of the canal, and I... More 

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Address: Washington DC, DC
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > National Mall

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