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Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100, Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 739-4200
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Ranked #1 of 13 Attractions in Hagerstown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bodies of Water, National Parks
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Ocean City, Maryland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The Canal and Towpath are one of my most cherished places. I have walked/biked most of the towpath - enjoying the history and sights from Georgetown, Washington DC to Cumberland MD. Highly recommend Great Falls (Maryland side of course!), White's Ferry, Dickerson MD, Harpers Ferry West Virginia, Williamsport, MD. Great history.

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Miami, Florida, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Just a couple of miles of I-81 allows you an opportunity to stretch your legs and clear the traffic from your mind. Shade lined walking/ biking path.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

It's 183 miles long from Georgetown in Washington DC to Cumberland MD, but this doesn't begin to describe it's historical value as pretty much the first major infrastructure investment made by the United States, and has borne witness to much of the amazing history of the US--mainly during the Civil War. The Canal and it's tow-path is like the "Yellow... More

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Hagerstown, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

there is not a whole lot to see but the trails are very nice. they have a small museum where you can see the history I would better recommend the ones closer to the dc area

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Avondale, AZ
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22 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I have done many outings along the C&O Canal since moving to the Hagerstown area. This park runs along the Potomac on the old Mule tow path. In the area near Wiliamsport, MD and the Cushwa basin the trail runs under a canopy of trees and is nestled between the hills and water. It is beautiful and perfect for a... More

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Westfield, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

There are several C&O Canal sites around Hagerstown that give the traveler an idea of how freight was moved in the pre-railroad era. Old canal locks and towpaths have been preserved and there are interpretive displays.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Walking on the park's boardwalk was one of the most thrilling walks I've had in my life. You are constantly flanked by gorgeous scenery throughout the entire walk, which is only enhanced by how well preserved the local ecosystem is. The crown jewel of the park, however, is the view that greets you once you exit the boardwalk. The view... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We just began our walk along the tow path when a nice gentleman (Park employee) let us know we could borrow bikes. We walked back to get the bikes. We biked a total of 6 miles and had a great experience. We came across an abandoned, dilapidated house up a hill...very curious how old the house is and who lived... More

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Salina, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

Hiked from Cumberland Md to the Harper's Ferry bridge. Enjoyed the hike, quiet nights and abundant wildlife. Met a few great people, hikers and bikers. The 3116 foot Paw Paw Tunnel was great. On a hot day, walking through is like walking into an air conditioned room. Only downfalls of this trail is muddy when it rains, and rough on... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Running the C & O was a real treat. The countryside is peaceful and the trail well marked with milage markers and the occasional trailside campsite withaccompaning porta. Started at Williamsport and ran West. Wild turkeys crossed the trail on this evening run.

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