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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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Avondale, AZ
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73 reviews 73 reviews
22 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

When we arrived at the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center late on a Friday afternoon we were chagrined to discover that it closes at 4:30 pm, not 5:00 as we had thought. We did manage to take a short walk on the towpath trail, though, and that was a real thrill for me. Anybody who knows the historic significance of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

We come here yearly to ride from Shepherdstown, WV to Harpers Ferry, WV. Approx. 26 miles round trip along the river. Nice shaded trails.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Unless you are with more then four adults and understand what danger is. Other then that it would be great for bikers. A lot of folks go. Me? I know the place. There is more then animals in the woods.

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St Paul
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

Nice flat walk along the C and O canal. Nice museum with interesting info Biking is an option as well. Not crowded.

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