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. Step on at Jefferson St for a lovely green escape from the crowd.

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.