Towpath: Edwards Ferry

Towpath: Edwards Ferry, Montgomery County, MD, USA

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Summary:This ride is absolutely delightful. River Road is so quiet you might not see any vehicle at all. This is a very, very quiet section of the towpath. Enjoy the solitude, the wild turkeys, deer, and red (!) squirrels.

Canal milepost 30 marks the site of a ferry that operated on the river from 1791 until 1836. The area was the site of a large Union crossing on the way to Gettysburg in June 1863. An abandoned building along the canal was once a store. The lock at Edwards Ferry was large enough to handle two boats going through at the same time. Edwards Ferry has a large boat ramp and is a popular spot for fishing in the Potomac for smallmouth bass. Access is via Edwards Ferry Road, 4.5 miles west of Poolesville, Md.
Activities:Horseback riding, hiking, biking.
Location:17224 Elmer School Road and end of Edwards Ferry Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837.
Length/Surface:Towpath: hard packed dirt. River Road: gravel/dirt.

This ride covered a distance of 7.03 miles in 2 hours, 26 minutes -- about 2.9 mph.

Bumps and Lumps:

Distance between highest and lowest altitudes on this trail is 54 feet. The average slope on this trail is 6.1%.

Trail Characteristics:Level double track. A few bikers and runners on weekends.
Drinking Water:no
Water for Horses:Potomac River or C&O Canal.
Restroom:outhouse at Edward's Ferry
Access and Parking:Lot at Edward's Ferry with room for horse trailers.
More Information:


Distance between highest and lowest altitudes on this trail is 54 feet. The average slope on this trail is 6.1%.



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Created by David Stang and his trusty partner Freckles, using GaiaGPS. Map recorded: December 07, 2017. Page last updated: April 11, 2018.