|Summary:||The Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal operated from 1831 until 1924 along the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., to Cumberland, Maryland. It is 184 miles long. The canal was once the home to canal boats loaded with coal, lumber, and agricultural products, and pulled by mules on the adjacent Towpath. Today most of the canal is unwatered, but the towpath is a delight for horses and mules, along with humans, bikes, and more.
Note that horses are not permitted to the east of Swain's Lock, Lock 21. The towpath is open to bikers and hikers for its entire length, and to horses west of Swain's Lock.|
|Activities:||horseback riding, walking, biking, kayaking, canoeing.|
|Location:||Maryland side of the Potomac River.|
|Length/Surface:||184 miles of joy. |
This ride covered a distance of 45.32 miles in 0 hours, 37 minutes -- about 73.5 mph.
|Bumps and Lumps:|
Distance between highest and lowest altitudes on this trail is 62 feet. The average slope on this trail is 8.6%.
|Trail Characteristics:||Level double track. Bikers, runners, canoes, kayaks share the area, and are most common on weekends. Many bikers will treat you as a hiker, and blast past with "On your left!"|
|Drinking Water:||occasional wells are found in campsites and picnic areas along the towpath.|
|Water for Horses:||yes, from C&O Canal or Potomac River.|
|Restroom:||outhouses are scattered along the towpath, generally at locks and at campsites.|
|Access and Parking:||Most locks along the C&O canal have parking areas that can accomodate horse trailers.|