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“Disappointing end to a great ride.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of C & O Canal

C & O Canal
Washington DC, DC (National Mall)
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Ranked #63 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Running
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Owner description: A 185-mile canal which runs from D.C. to Cumberland, Maryland.
Pittsburgh
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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“Disappointing end to a great ride.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

We rode from Boston to DC 9/9 to 9/14.. We had great weather and the trail was in pretty good shape. The C and O is a lot rougher than the GAP. We were really excited to get to the end as we had taken some great photos at various stops along the way and we thought the end of the trail would be pretty well marked as it is a rather important part of the trail. We did not stop at the Visitor Center in Gtown. A big mistake but instead had to ask several people where to find the end. We were very surprised to see Mile Marker 0behind the Dumpster at the Thompson Boat works. Lesson learned. "Do your homework before you go."

Visited September 2012
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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“Miles of mostly level, mostly wooded path for biking, walking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

Best on a brisk day in spring or fall, the canal path is a marvel unique to the DC area. Beginning in Georgetown and spanning nearly 100 miles or more, it assumes slightly different characters in different areas: scenic views of the Potomac give way to wooded stretches with/without shade; you pass the occasional lock from the old canal (often at an access point which you can drive to), then, for miles, it's just you, the path, and the passersby; families, couples, people walking their dogs....all on parade. On a nice day, when it's just good to be outside and in the air, what could be better?

Visited April 2012
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Columbus, Ohio
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“Not a good bike ride”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

The path is so rough, it jolted me into a headache and made me nauseous as well. Beautiful scenery but hard on the body!

Visited April 2012
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