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Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.2 (21)

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


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Map Key

191.9

Miles

308.9

KM

Doubletrack

839' 256 m

High

27' 8 m

Low

1,723' 525 m

Up

2,312' 705 m

Down

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Avg Grade (0°)

22%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

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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.

For more information on the trail, click here.

Shared By:

Jeffrey Go

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 21 votes

#1

in Cumberland

#1076

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  4.2 from 21 votes
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Trail Rankings

#1

in Cumberland

#6

in Maryland

#1,076

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Photos

The lush green of springtime on the towpath.
Sep 26, 2018 near Berkele…, WV
Lock 22 needs repair!
Aug 27, 2017 near Travilah, MD
South of Great Falls on the C&O Canal Trail
Nov 14, 2020 near Potomac, MD

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Nov 27, 2021
Jose L
129.5mi — 16h 08m
Oct 14, 2021
Brian B
191mi
Jun 15, 2021
Karim Bekka
After a 2 day rest in Cumberland, rode to Washington DC in 6 days. Enjoyed the "rougher" nature of the C&O compared to the GAP. 219.2mi — 26h 15m
Mar 14, 2021
Noah Lantor
16.5mi — 2h 00m
Jan 29, 2021
Eric Sussman
191mi
Aug 31, 2020
Chris L
May 30, 2020
Ines Martin
Lockhouse 24-25 18mi
Mar 8, 2020
Mark Schwenk