"C & O Canal Towpath" Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park by frankcanfly

184.5 miles of groomed bicycle paths

National Park Service: C& O Canal Park Website

The C&O Canal was created to 'race' the railroad from the Chesapeake Bay to the Ohio River valley in the 1800's. Although used extensively while it operated, the canal never reached Ohio. The railroad became the winner, and the C&O Canal reached 185 miles West from Washington DC to Cumberland, Maryland.

Abandoned as a canal since the 1920's, the canal is now a long & thin National Park.

(185+ miles long X 80 feet wide)

The towpath is flat and smooth, and ideal for bicycle adventures. We began in Cumberland, and traveled a casual 60 miles per day while heading back east. There are camping, bathroom and water facilities every five miles along the path.

  • Last visit to Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park: Aug 2004
  • Intro Updated Aug 17, 2004
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