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Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

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Address: 1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone Number: (301) 739-4200
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Great Falls of the Potomac

Great Falls of the Potomac is a 76-foot cascading waterfall in Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park. Surprisingly, this beautiful waterfall is just 15 miles outside... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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235 reviews 235 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Great Falls of the Potomac is a 76-foot cascading waterfall in Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park. Surprisingly, this beautiful waterfall is just 15 miles outside Washington, DC. The waterfall can be viewed from both the Virginia and Maryland sides, though the waterfall itself is in Maryland. Access from the Maryland side is from the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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45 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

I went here with my elderly parents, my sister, and 10-year-old nephew. Our primary objective was to see the falls at the Great Falls Visitor Center. It was easy ground to walk to the falls as the path is level and paved, but it seemed further than the map indicated. The visitor center has a couple of displays about the... More 

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York, Pennsylvania, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

We have hiked and biked many portions of the canal, beautiful. Would definitely recommend it people!

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Such a great value... for the budget minded. Camp along the river and ride bikes or boats in the river. History along the way. Small towns for food and fun

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Hagerstown, Maryland, United States
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

In most places, industry and nature are mortal enemies. However, along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal engineering structures have fused with nature to produce an enduring and inviting monument to the American Spirit. The banks of the Canal welcome the bicyclist, the novice hiker, and those interested in the diverse bird animal life of the Mid-Atlantic Region. Pack a lunch... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

My GPS on my national parks passport app led us to this historical place that we didn't know existed. Small visitors center with a couple of short films & a lot of information about the canal. We are on a cross country driving trip & love finding out of the way charms like these. Felt the first chill of Autumn... More 

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Ocean City, Maryland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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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38 reviews 38 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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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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