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C & O Canal

Washington DC, DC
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A 185-mile canal which runs from D.C. to Cumberland, Maryland.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good24%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A brief overview: Weather - some rain; average temps 50's Mileage - 50-60 miles average for 7 days Trail conditions - GAP - excellent; C & O - a lot of mud and water in sections Paw Paw Tunnel - closed; detour took us 16...More

Thank MichiganTess
Reviewed 6 November 2017

...it's a must especially during the spring when nature wakes up quickly and later towards summer will yield its products.. If you are interested in plant and mushrooms , flowers and edible plants and all the fauna associated with marshes and canals, this is the...More

Thank Giorgio G
Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

This is a pretty walk or a lot of people cycle the route. Good path with lots to see enroute. We have done several parts of this Canal one part was still a working Canal and the latest near Harpers Ferry was no longer working...More

Thank D P
Reviewed 19 October 2017

I cycled from Georgetown to meet friends who had started in Pittsburgh. I met them about 22 miles in. It was a nice experience. Once you get past 3 street crossings in G'town, you don't cross another (at least for the first 22 miles). I...More

Thank Marty S
Reviewed 12 October 2017

My wife and I have cycled from Pittsburgh to DC three times during the fall foliage season. We believe the GAP and the C&O Canal trail combined is the best long trail in the entire USA; and, we have cycled them all. The GAP is...More

Thank markrovenstine
Reviewed 25 August 2017

The canal area itself is very nice to walk around, but the canal itself was a disappointment since there was very little water in it with some areas having none. I did think this was very unusual since the pictures always show a lot of...More

1  Thank Kim S
Reviewed 21 July 2017

I had the opportunity to bike the C&O canal trail in early July. In order to access the trail we parked at Reagan International in the economy lot. Parking is $17 (which I guess is economy for DC). The parking lot is adjacent to the...More

1  Thank mekopp
Reviewed 12 June 2017

During my 4 months in Washington I walked parts of the C&O Canal many times as I kept crossing it on other walks. It was always a pleasure to walk the towpath whether the sun was beating down or rain or just cloudy. My walks...More

1  Thank Mel B
Reviewed 11 April 2017 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...More

Thank timothy r
Reviewed 29 March 2017

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....More

Thank Martha W
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