Towpath: Pennyfield Lock to Riley's Lock

Towpath: Pennyfield Lock to Riley's Lock, Montgomery County, MD, USA

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Summary:Stretching 184.5 miles from Georgetown in Washington, DC, to Cumberland, Maryland, the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal offers colorful cultural, natural, and historic resources.

Pennyfield Lockhouse is at lock 22, mile 19.63 on the C&O Canal. It was a favorite fishing haunt of Grover Cleveland.

Rileys Lock is lock 24, and features both an old lift lock and an aqueduct: the canal once flowed in a raised channel over Seneca Creek.
Activities:Riding, hiking, biking.
Location:Between Pennyfield Lock and Seneca.
Length/Surface:Hard packed dirt.

This ride covered a distance of 6.65 miles in 2 hours, 23 minutes -- about 2.8 mph.

Bumps and Lumps:

Distance between highest and lowest altitudes on this trail is 5 feet. The average slope on this trail is 0.2%.

Trail Characteristics:Level double track. Kayaks, canoes, bikers and runners, particularly on weekends.
Drinking Water:No.
Water for Horses:Potomac River or C&O Canal.
Restroom:Outhouses at both parking lots.
Access and Parking:Parking for horse trailers available both at Riley's Lock and Pennyfield Lock.
More Information:


Distance between highest and lowest altitudes on this trail is 5 feet. The average slope on this trail is 0.2%.



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Download PDF file.A PDF file might be useful if you want to print a hard copy of the route here, to take with you. The PDF is a rendering of the Google map at the top of this page.

Created by David Stang and his trusty partner Freckles, using StravaGPX iPhone. Map recorded: October 06, 2017. Page last updated: April 11, 2018.