C&O Towpath and Great Allegheny Passage

The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal is 184 miles long, starting on the north bank of the Potomac River from Washington, DC and ending in Cumberland, MD. Much of the canal has been drained and reforested but the towpath along the canal remains popular for hiking and cycling. The towpath surface is hard-packed dirt for much of the way, and can be muddy after a heavy rain.Visit the National Park Service site.

At Cumberland Maryland, the Canal meets the Great Allegheny Passage trail, continuing 141 miles to Homestead PA near Pittsburgh, for a total of 325 miles from Washington DC to Pittsburgh.

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