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“A pleasant break from marble monuments”
Review of C & O Canal

C & O Canal
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Ranked #124 of 458 things to do in Washington DC
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Owner description: A 185-mile canal which runs from D.C. to Cumberland, Maryland.
Reviewed June 14, 2013

The canal is so long and varied that one review cannot cover all there is to do. We were interested in the history and doing something different than more monuments. We were disappointed that the visitors center in Georgetown was closed. But we had a nice lunch and short walk next to the canal. I was very surprised it was so narrow and the houses so close in some places.
The next day we drove to Great Falls Tavern just a few miles up the river. That was fabulous. We took their mule drawn canal boat ride an learned so much. It helped that the day was about 20 degrees cooler.(than the previous 90) and there was a nice breeze. It was a nice day in a park. Even the park refreshments were decent and reasonably priced.

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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Take your bike to D.C. Park at lock 6 or 7 of the C & O Canal. Then,ride into Georgetown. It is a 45 minute ride along the Potomac River and you can travel all over the city to see the sites without parking expense or traffic jams. We always stop at Dean and Deluca for coffee and a pastry treat. You can lock you bikes on their property. It is the only way to go!!

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Reviewed December 29, 2012

I run 5 miles beginning in Georgetown. The path is beautiful, but its so narrow and irregular with a lot of little stones. I didn't want to continue so I don't know how is the rest. This part was not comfortable at all.

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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."

Thank FoodJudgePittsburgh
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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?

Thank jaseaton
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