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“Exciting Park Close to D.C.”
Review of C&O Canal Towpath

Reviewed July 3, 2012

The C&O Canal park (otherwise known as the Maryland side of Great Falls) is spectacular. If you'd just like an easy afternoon walk, take a short stroll (less than a mile) to the Great Falls Overlook. If you'd like a mini-adventure (and want to forget you're in DC), head to Billy Goat Trail (Section A). There are small rock scrambles and gorgeous views. If you'd prefer a walk in the woods, try out Gold Mine Loop, which starts behind the visitors center. ALWAYS grab a map if you don't know where you are. The trails are easy to follow, but there are many of them.

Thank Tricia C
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Reviewed December 4, 2011

My wife and I go here often and walk different sections with our dog. Each season is different with different things to see. Wildlife is plentiful, especially birds. The towpath can be crowded, especially when you get close to Washington. Bikers sometime race up behind you without notice which can be frustrating. When you get out past Great Falls, it does get quieter. Week days are very quiet compared to weekends.

Great Falls is definitely worth a visit. It is the one place in the park that you have to pay to get in. It is a bit of a hike from the parking lot to the falls but it's pretty flat and is handicap accessable.

Tourists to the area my not be as interested as locals but it's great for anyone who needs a quiet walk with nature.

Thank JE01
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Reviewed June 9, 2011

The C & O Canal Towpath is a hiking/biking trail steeped in history with access to Civil War sites. It stretches from Washington DC to Cumberland Md which is about 180 miles.
We biked from Shepherdstown WV to Harpers Ferry and back. To understand the history of the canal, I hope you either read about it prior or stop at the many infromative signs along the way.
Your bike should either have hybrid tires or fat tires but not the narrow road tires. The trail can be rugged with some rocks and roots.

Thank Quetta
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Reviewed April 1, 2010

Loved this trail. We took the Amtrak from Chicago to Pittsburgh, Pa. arrived at Union Station in Pittsburgh @ 6:00 am in the morning with Bill's Taxi Service waiting for us outside the main door t o whisk us to the trailhead in McKeesport - McKeespoint Park. Trip to the Park via taxi with Bikes about $40.

I highly recommend riding this trail. It is all about the great people you will meet along the way and the food.

Pack lite and pack a flashlight for the tunnels on the C & O side of the trail. Camping is free from Cumberland and points south. The Porta Potties were well maintained and not to be feared.

During our first day of rising we had some cyclist warn us of the snake sunny itself in the middle of trail and to not run over it. Later on the last day when approaching D.C. we got to see a Heron eat a Snake.

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