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C & O Canal

Washington DC, DC
+1 301-739-4200
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A 185-mile canal which runs from D.C. to Cumberland, Maryland.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good24%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“potomac river” (8 reviews)
“key bridge” (4 reviews)
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Washington DC, DC
National Mall
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"potomac river"
in 8 reviews
"key bridge"
in 4 reviews
"visitor center"
in 6 reviews
"entire trail"
in 3 reviews
"mile marker"
in 3 reviews
"cumberland md"
in 2 reviews
"paw paw tunnel"
in 2 reviews
"national park"
in 3 reviews
"path"
in 10 reviews
"georgetown"
in 26 reviews
"scenic"
in 6 reviews
"nature"
in 8 reviews
"bike"
in 15 reviews
"hiking"
in 7 reviews
"ferry"
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"mud"
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"joggers"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

After walking through the Georgetown Waterfront Park, we climbed a flight of stairs near Key Bridge and found ourselves on the Canal Towpath. It isn’t paved. People bike on the path or jog. The canal water looked murky with water plants growing in it. The...More

Thank Coellum
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Reviewed 9 March 2018

Brings you back to the 1800's when this was a major transport route with barges pulled by miles. Now it is a favorite for walkers and joggers looking for a bit of nature and fresh air

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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Its sad we wanted to see this but it is emptied for renovations. A disappointment but the flowers blooming on the walls were pretty

Thank Littlemisschef88
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

tircho sez: For those who love to walk or ride a bike, the best possible place is on the C and O canal. You might have to make some add's plans to get there or to have a shuttle, but aren't good things worthy of...More

Thank nicholas m
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

Living in Houston and not accustom to any change in elevation while running, the C&O trail was a great relief. Ran here twice on most recent visit and started at a different point each time. Easy to get in a long run on a flat,...More

Thank FormerExpat2014
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Reviewed 14 November 2017

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
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Reviewed 5 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
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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
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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
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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

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