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C & O Canal

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Address: Washington DC, DC
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A 185-mile canal which runs from D.C. to Cumberland, Maryland.

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Good place for a walk

We walked a portion of the canal just to get away from the busyness of the city street. This is a nice relaxing trail that follows the old canal. We used it to make our way over... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
timothy r
Niagara Falls, New York
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Niagara Falls, New York
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We walked a portion of the canal just to get away from the busyness of the city street. This is a nice relaxing trail that follows the old canal. We used it to make our way over to Washington harbor. Would make a great running trail too

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McLean, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Historic National Park running from Cumberland MD to lower Georgetown, DC. Wide, level path, excellent for day hikes in the area. Water and rest rooms at Fletchers Cove. Excellent for weekday walk into Georgetown for meal or coffee and back to car along the canal. Many options for parking. Wonderful views of the Potomac. Wonderful to see the seasons change.... More 

Thank Martha W
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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177 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017

Although most people grab a bike and ride it I prefer the quite and solitude of walking it. You can enter at Georgetown or further up in DC towards Maryland.

Thank Brellie
Falls Church, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016

If u grab your bike and follow the path along the C&O and are reasonable shape on a bike you can reach Pittsburgh in 51/2 days .. the canal ride I've done three times and is perhaps one of the most rewarding bike adventures anywhere . Unbelievable you can start right from Georgetown ... there are books supporting literature for... More 

Thank css_voyage
La Crosse, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Went based on recommendations and was surprised that most areas had no water and had debris/trash. Enjoyed the area nonetheless bc of the history of the buildings and area. It was a good walk and that was my main goal. Don't expect anything more than a dried up canal (at least this was what it was the time of year... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016

The C&O Canal is part of the historic tobacco transportation canal to transport tobacco from western Maryland to the Potomac River. The segment of the canal in Georgetown was revised to show how to get a boat to the river using the canal locks. The path that is now used for walking was used to pull the boat along the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2016

Although boat rides are no longer available on the C&O, you can still walk by the canal. The water wasn't very clean though.

Thank CaseyJones6325
Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

My wife and myself walked the tow pathetic from 29 street to key bridge it is nice and sentimental but the anal is dried with trash in its stream I hope authorities will clear it

Thank Mostafa A
winston salme, nc
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Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

Of all our nights on the trail, lockhouse 6 has our vote for best. We stopped at the co-op at Cabin John and got fresh food and veggies. Cooked them up in the well-equipped kitchen and ate them on the open side porch at sunset. Great central air. VERY comfortable bed. Basement shower and bath! Who could want for more?... More 

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Beijing, China
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Reviewed 28 June 2016

We biked the canal from Cumberland MD to DC. The entire trail is outstanding. The locks in DC could use some work and the trail is not in the greatest shape. Wish they would fix it up a bit, even the sign is missing.

Thank Knimbrod

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