Chesapeake and Ohio canal towpath - TRAIL

Chesapeake and Ohio canal towpath - Trail, Cumberland to Georgetown, Maryland

Double track trail with basically flat terrain-cool locks give your a great speed boost when going southbound. Hardpack clay in many areas but some soft dirt and rocks. Great for semislick tires.

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Maryland MTBR   [May 30, 1999]

All of it is flat, there are no technical sections. Good for a ride with your girlfriend who doesnt enjoy singletrack. Relaxing ride.

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Harpers Ferry to Brunswick

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jim   [Aug 06, 1999]

this is the ride for you if you like long, boring, flat, flat, yes flat! riding on a wide boring, boring, trail. Did the whole ride in two days. The last 40 miles I was begging for it to be over. Never again.

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from cumberland to georgetown (185 miles)

Similar Products Used: Patapsco, Riverbend, Reddish Knob
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Kris   [Aug 16, 1999]

This is a great trail for beginner or intermediate. Watch out for hikers and horses on the weekends...it gets pretty busy. There are a few spots that can flood out during the rain (not that we have had that problem this year.) very scenic and peaceful. Good picnic areas for resting.

Customer Service

Pick up at Edwards' Ferry or White's Ferry.

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4
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Marc   [Aug 21, 1999]

Wonderfully mindless, boreing ride. Bring your headphones and painkillers and don't expect many sweeping vistas due to the endless trees. Use those map-reading skills to choose campsites away from noisy trains and highways, if you want a good sleep. You can get a shower at the private campground in Brunswick, MD. There is a stretch upriver where no canal was built but where a towpath once existed. TAKE THE DETOUR; DO NOT follow the original route. The old towpath requires porting your loaded bike over very rugged stuff and it's crawling with snakes! ...Happy Trails

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Cumberland to Georgetown

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3
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Matt   [Sep 07, 1999]

Once, I decided to to the entire thing. I only made it one day. I was bored out of my head. It's flat, wide, and hard packed. Imagine riding on a dirt driveway for 185 miles. ZZZzzzzzz. . . It wasn't even as hard on the body as I had imagined. The most overhyped riding experience in the mid-atlantic. To be fair, this is NOT a mountian bike trail, so I'm reviewing it from a general standpoint. Maybe if I was a hard core touring freak I'd like it better.

Customer Service

I usually go georgetown to great falls and back for a little training ride (road bikes get boring for training too).

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2
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George   [Sep 30, 1999]

A beautiful ride. Not for hard-core technical riders but great for a leisurely ride through some nice scenery. Especially striking during the fall when the leaves turn. The trail is rich in history and is an excellent example of 19th century civil engineering.

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Best part of the trail is from Cumberland to Harper's Ferry.

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5
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Dan   [Nov 04, 1999]

This is not a ride for hardcore mountain bikers, but a ride well suited to riders who want to tour without the hassle of riding on roads with traffic. I enjoyed the ride, the scenary and the history thats surrounds the canal. My favorite spot was at Harpers Ferry. I would rate this very low for a Mountain Bike trail, but very high for group touring trail.

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Cumberland to Washington

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3
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John   [Apr 25, 2000]

Like everyone else has said this is NOT a mountain biking trail. There is nothing hard or technical any where around. I generally go for a nice ride with the girlfriend, walk around harper's Ferry, have a picnic on the river. If you are looking for technical singletrack KEEP DRIVING.

Customer Service

Start at Harpers Ferry go either way.

Similar Products Used: If you are daring enough to go up to Maryland Heights in Harper's Ferry (it's not hard but is 1-2 miles straight uphill) but the ride down is the fastest ride I've ever had.
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Art   [May 14, 2000]

184.5 miles. The towpath is mainly level mostly gravel or packed clay. Good for touring. There are some neat side trials that jut off the towpath that are somewhat technical but the longest one is about 100 yards.Make sure you take the detours. It was a fun ride. Sometimes mindless but still good for the soul. Western Md was very peaceful until you met up with the highway and railroad.

Customer Service

Cumberland to Georgetown

Similar Products Used: Make sure you have a padded seat. otherwise you will have a sore ass for 3 days. bring tylenol and insect repellent
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3
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John   [Jun 27, 2000]

It is a nice endurance ride. The only diffucult part is not hitting the pedestrians while you are riding through the Great Falls region of the trail. Besides for that it is a simple and scenic ride. Oh make sure you have a nice bike seat, if not you will know pretty quickly why.

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From Carderock to Harpers Ferry.

Similar Products Used: Black Hill Regional Park
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