"The C&O Canal, Great Falls and more!" Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park by chewy3326

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal stretches from Georgetown, DC to Cumberland, MD. Today a national historic park, it was originally dug to transport goods far upstream. Today the area is a popular recreation area; the C&O Canal Towpath parallels the canal, and there are plenty of natural sights along the way, like the Great Falls of the Potomac River and the water gap at Harpers Ferry.

Since this recreational use area is so close to the Washington DC metropolitan area, it recieves heavy use. Still, it offers some excellent natural scenery only miles from the capitol.

I've visited the C&O Canal twice now, both times going to the Great Falls section; once in November 2006, and once in December of the same year. What a difference a month and a half makes! During the first visit the canal was filled with water and the trees lining the canal were in peak foliage. The second trip, the trees were bare, the canal empty; but the Great Falls of the Potomac were still spectacular.

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  • In a nutshell:Good scenery close to Washington DC
  • Last visit to Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park: Dec 2006
  • Intro Written Jan 15, 2007
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  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2007 at 1:52 AM

    nice photos from the C&O canal. i was there in septembder and cycled from DC to pittsburgh using the C&O trail part of the way.

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