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Great bike ride on the C & O Rail Trail

We got on the rail trail (flat and paved) at Hancock MD and rode about 5-6 miles south (between mile markers 115 and 120) along the Potomac River and the old C & O canal and then... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 27, 2015
Don W
Pittsburgh, PA
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Pittsburgh, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

We got on the rail trail (flat and paved) at Hancock MD and rode about 5-6 miles south (between mile markers 115 and 120) along the Potomac River and the old C & O canal and then returned to our starting point. We got there late in the afternoon and didn't have time to ride further but it was a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I can only speak about the sections we biked: Brunswick to Monocacy Aqueduct (round trip) and then Dargan to Harpers Ferry (and back). This trail is more like flat mountain biking than bike touring. The trail is all dirt, which turns to mud after it rains. And given the shady tree coverage of most of the trail, I would think... More 

Thank fairfax28
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

A group of 4 of us (two 28 year old rather athletic girls, a 60+ experienced cyclist, and me - a just turned 60 very amateur cyclist) biked from Pittsburgh to DC along the GAP and C&O Towpath in June 2015. We did the whole trip in 6 days - 5 60+ mile days, and one 45 mile day. Anyone... More 

1 Thank Pat B
El Cerrito, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

This pathway stretches for many miles and they're all quite nice. We have previously explored the towpath out of Georgetown and it's very beautiful but there are more people on the path in this area. We began this biking adventure in Leesburg, VA at the White's Ferry point on the trail (rented our bikes from Get Out and Go Tours)... More 

2 Thank Merry B
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91 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Rode from DC to Pittsburgh on C&O / GAP with friends. Took about 4 1/2 days. We averaged 75 miles a day. Would like to redo it and take longer so I could get off and visit towns. We ate really good food

Thank Richard A
Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

If you want to see the Great Falls of the Potomac, it is best to visit on the Maryland side. There is a short walk over several pedestrian bridges from the C & O Canal towpath to the falls. The views are spectacular. Be sure to visit the museum that shows how the canal worked and how people lived along... More 

1 Thank Richard M
Beltsville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

I've done the trail 2 and 1/2 times (my first trip failed around mile 72) and loved it. It is not as smooth as other trails, but that is part of it's charm. Highlights include the Paw Paw Tunnel, Great Falls, and Fort Frederick. You can take smaller chunks if you just want a nice day out.

Thank Jeff M
Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Fifteen minutes from our nation's capitol, in the heart of thriving Montgomery County, Maryland is the C&O canal and towpath. The canal itself was created to transport coal from Cumberland Maryland to Georgetown prior to the coming of the railroad, which ultimately made the use of the canal for transport of coal obsolete. Over the years the canal and towpath... More 

Thank Michael K
Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Rode the C and O as part of a combined GAP and C and O towpath tour from Pittsburgh to Washington. The combination of the linked trails over this length makes for a possibility for a long-distance off road adventure. Imagine going for 11 days without seeing a single fast food chain restaurant, and passing through small towns frozen in... More 

2 Thank RickyRickardo
Lutherville, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We traveled the 3.5 miles opposite Harpers Ferry. It is level, wide, shaded, gravel surface that was packed with flora and fauna! The gleeful shouts of the people tubbing one side and the turtles, deer and geese on the other ! What a fun day ! =]

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