C&O Canal - Trail, Caroll Manor, Maryland

C&O Canal - Trail, Caroll Manor, Maryland

DESCRIPTION

Hard clay and rock path, no roots.

USER REVIEWS

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[Apr 12, 2007]
srwings
Cross Country Rider

Ok, the C&O towpath is not really a mountain bike trail; it's really just a more or less flat fireroad but it's still a very nice scenic ride. The C&O towpath can be as hard and as grueling as you wish to make it. Riding the trail in two days is doable but definitely calls for above average endurance. If you really want to make it tough on yourself try doing it in one day. Alternatively, you can ride the trail over three days stopping to camp, take cool pictures and do some exploring. Whatever you choose the C&O is worth riding.

If you are thinking about riding this trail in a 2 day push or less I have a trip report and photo link posted at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/coTowpath/message/3255

Customer Service

Cumberland, MD to Georgetown D.C. (slightly downhill)

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4
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1
[Dec 01, 2005]
01GTB
Cross Country Rider

This is a great trail for the beginner to get in some riding on their new bike, or for anyone who wants to get away and look at some nice scenery. If your travels bring you anywhere close to the towpath, bring your bike for a nice little day trip, or take a few days and ride the whole thing.

Customer Service

Cumberland Md to DC. But if you only have a few hours, Shepherdstown to Harpers Ferry is pretty cool.

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5
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2
[Apr 02, 2004]
Watershedman
Cross Country Rider

This is not really a MTB trail but flat ride. THis is a nice place to go for a long ride with your lady. This is not a tech. type of trail but a long calm relaxing ride (unless your saddle sucks). The aerobic difficulty is based on an all day ride.

Customer Service

Georgetown to Cumberlin or visa versa

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dont know of any

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4
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3
[Nov 04, 2001]
Gwadzilla

This trail runs just over 185 miles long. Stretching from Georgetown DC all the way to Cumberland Maryland. It passes a great number of beautiful historic sites. The trail itself has some great history, a failure (or sorts) during the industrial revolutions since it was competting with the newly developed steam engine. But this failed invention is our great natural resource. A long band of GREENSPACE running along side the potomac for over 185 miles. I have only done the full distance once. But I do certain strecthes all the time!

Customer Service

I live in DC and this trail offers a great outlet. It is a carless option. The flat terrain and the repetition of the views can be quite meditative. Count the turtles, race the great blue heron, and avoid the deer at night. Flat and scenic. Not for the adrenalin junkie. But great for long rides and scenic views. Pack a lunch!

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In the winter the Canal itself can freeze thick enough for ice skating! Contact the park service for safety tips on where and when you can skate!

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5
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[Dec 08, 2001]
Tom B

This is the ideal combination for those who like the long treks (like the roadies) but like the serenity of the woods. There's free camping and free water (frozen in winter) all along the route (all upkept by the US Forest Service). See "Bikewashington.com" for details.

Customer Service

Start in Cumberland Maryland and venture all the way to Georgetown in DC (185 miles). Cross over the Key bridge at Georgetown and have your ride get you at the Teddy Roosevelt Island Park (much easier than Georgetown)

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From cumberland you can continue to Pittsburg, PA along the Allegheny RR trail, from DC you can go to Mount Vernon, VA on the George Washington Parkway

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5
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[Dec 26, 2001]
Brad Ausfresser

Its Beatufal Painful and a great ride all through maryland with a ton of historey with ach mile you travel.
Get your friends out there and Push your pedals.

Customer Service

Start in Georgetown and ride 185 miles to Cumberland.

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Im only 14 and i did this trail in 3 days,the complete thing up hill,it tests you menatlly and physically,you gotta do it.

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5
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[Mar 26, 2002]
Roland

I love this "fireroad" because its easy, and beautiful; especially in the fall and spring. this trail is really "customizable". You can make it what you wany--with campgrounds and bed adn breakfast inns along the way. The towpath gets me back to nature, serenity, and the pleasures of biking every time. thre are tons of informations sites on the net to accurately plan your trip, it 4 or 184 miles.

Customer Service

Anywhere in between lock 24 and Georgetown. If inexprienced, begin by riding from one lockhouse to the next, and (of course) back again

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5
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[Oct 05, 2002]
Michael

The C&O is a beautiful park, running from Cumberland, MD DOWN to Georgetown. Lots to see. Not a challenging ride but for the distance. Well worth the trip, though.

Check the Park Services site at: http://www.nps.gov/choh/

Volunteer some time if you can. But do check it out.

Customer Service

Pick an access point and a distance and ROLL!

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5
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[Jan 12, 2003]
Tim

I did this thing 2X between July and august last summer, the whole thing, Racing it is boring as hell but leisurly going down is ok,

Customer Service

All

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3
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[May 04, 2003]
LD

Flat, wide, gravel path. Nothing technical or challenging. Good to stretch the legs out or ride when everywhere else is too muddy. Some sections are beautiful, but it can get pretty boring.

Customer Service

find that flat wide thing between the river and the canal. It's not hard.

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Depends on which part you live near. Around DC, check out Cabin John, Seneca, Shaeffer, Riverbend, Difficult Run, Wakefield/Accotink

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2
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