Hike the C&O Canal Towpath: Carderock to Great Falls
District of Columbia › C&O Canal Tow Path
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Wildflowers, wildlife, and river scenery--it's no surprise this is a popular trail.
Park on the road adjacent to the canal as indicated on the map (see below). This is a popular trail which is dog friendly and accessible year-round.
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Wide And Accesible Biking Or Hiking Trail
I rode all 185 miles of this bad boy (Georgetown to Cumberland, MD) back in October 2016 and loved it. There is drinking water and a camp site every 8 miles or so and it's accesible by car every few miles. I biked the whole thing in two days...would recommend spending at least three or four days biking it in its entirety. The history was outstanding...amazing lock houses and civil war battles along the way. I camped and cooked along the trail, but it's easy to stop off in small towns along the way. I'm happy to answer any questions on logistics or otherwise.
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