C&O Canal Towpath

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C&O Canal Towpath information

Washington, DC , USA
1057 Thomas Jefferson St NW
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The shaded hiking-cycling path – part of a larger national historic park – runs alongside a waterway constructed in the mid-1800s to transport goods all the way to West Virginia. The canal and environs are being restored and enhanced into mid-2018, but once the work is finished, you can step on at Jefferson St for a lovely green escape from the crowd.

Canal boat tours are set to launch after the rebuild is complete. In its entirety, the gravel path runs for 185 miles from Georgetown to Cumberland, MD. Lots of cyclists do the 14-mile ride from Georgetown to Great Falls, MD. The tree-lined route goes over atmospheric wooden bridges and past water wheels and old lock houses. It's mostly flat, punctuated by occasional small hills. The park's website and Bike Washington (www.bikewashington.org/canal) have trail maps.