Maryland April 07, 2018
The One Incredible Trail That Spans Nearly 200 Miles In Maryland
There’s always something new to see along the C & O Canal Towpath. While you may have a certain spot in your area you often hike along, there are actually 184.5 miles to explore!
The C & O Canal operated from 1831 until 1924. The original function of the canal was to transport coal.
The entire route is a total of 184.5 miles in length, stretching from Washington DC to Cumberland, Maryland.
Many people in the DC area enjoy strolling along the Georgetown portion, which is full of character.
And if you were to hike all the way to the end, you'd experience more tunnels and rustic sights.
Even though the canal boats no longer transport goods, you can still take a ride on these classic structures.
Just like decades ago, the canal boats are still pulled by mules. Oftentimes, the operators are dressed in classic garb, making for a step back in time.
Another way you can interactive with history here is to rent a lockhouse! Not many people know that you can actually stay the night in these historic structures.
Favorite activities along the towpath are cycling...
...jogging, or simply hiking. While most people spend a day exploring a tiny section of the path, others have hiked the entire 184.5 miles! For tips on how to do just that,
click here. Are you up to the challenge?
Wondering the best time of year to visit the C & O Canal? Well, that depends on preference. Summer is a popular time, being warmer but buggier.
Spring provides a cool breeze and colorful wildflowers.
Autumn is a gorgeous time at the canal, as the leaves all along the towpath turn to blazing copper.
If you're not afraid to brave the cold, winter is unique in its own way. Parts of the canal become frozen over and you may even spot visitors playing ice hockey.
Maryland's C & O Canal is remarkable in many ways and we recommend visiting year-round to enjoy the uniqueness of each season. There's a reason this place never gets old.
Visit the official C & O Canal website by
Did you know that there’s an additional trail that extends beyond the canal in Cumberland? Check out more information on the Great Allegheny Passage by