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Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Trail

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Trail

191.9 mile 308.9 kilometer point to point
Doubletrack
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 1,723' 525 m
Descent: -2,312' -705 m
High: 839' 256 m
Low: 27' 8 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 22% (13°)

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An ultra long trail from Cumberland, Maryland to Washington DC.

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Description

The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Trail follows the Potomac River from Cumberland, MD to Washington DC. Historically, it was a canal that connected the two cities, though now a pleasant towpath is what remains.

At over 180 miles, this route passes through a large variety of landscapes and forest types, eventually making its way to the heart of Washington DC. Since most visitors don't attempt the full trail all at once, there are a variety of camping spots and scenic overlooks along the way. Take your time to enjoy this journey, as you'll pass many of the Mid-Atlantic's most scenic spots. The trail connects with portions of the Great Allegheny Passage, providing visitors with ample opportunities for exploration.

The trail is multi-use, and other visitors include those on foot and those on horseback. Please be courteous and give the right of way to both pedestrians and equestrians.

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Check-Ins

May 30, 2020
Ines Martin
Lockhouse 24-25 18mi
Mar 8, 2020
Mark Schwenk
Dec 18, 2019
Tyler Fabricius
Aug 24, 2019
Tran Loc
Aug 11, 2019
Andy Bennett
Harper's Ferry to Georgetown
Aug 10, 2019
Andy Bennett
Hancock to Harper's Ferry
Aug 9, 2019
Andy Bennett
Cumberland to Hancock
Jul 7, 2019
Aaron Kikola
Mile marker 55 - 60 and back again.

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 12 votes

#1

in Cumberland

#5624

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Trail Rankings

#1

in Cumberland

#69

in Maryland

#5,624

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The lush green of springtime on the towpath.
Sep 26, 2018 near Berkele…, WV
Lock 22 needs repair!
Aug 27, 2017 near Travilah, MD

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