Towpath: Pennyfield Lock to Swain's Lock

Towpath: Pennyfield Lock to Swain'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.

Swain's Lock -- Lock 21 -- was built of red sandstone from Seneca, and is still accessible on the berm side of the Canal. You can reach it by the towpath or from River Road via Swains Lock Road. A campsite just beyond the lock offers picnic tables and toilets. Running water is available from the faucet near the parking lot.
Activities:Riding, hiking, biking.
Location:Between Pennyfield Lock and Swain's Lock.
Length/Surface:Hard packed dirt.

This ride covered a distance of 7.9 miles in 2 hours, 21 minutes -- about 3.4 mph.

Bumps and Lumps:

Distance between highest and lowest altitudes on this trail is 51 feet. The average slope on this trail is 2.6%.

Trail Characteristics:Double track. Kayaks, canoes, bikers and runners, particularly on weekends.
Drinking Water:yes. There is a faucet near the parking lot at Swain's Lock.
Water for Horses:Potomac River or C&O Canal.
Restroom:Outhouses at both parking lots.
Access and Parking:Parking for horse trailers both at Pennyfield Lock.
More Information:



Distance between highest and lowest altitudes on this trail is 51 feet. The average slope on this trail is 2.6%.



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Created by David Stang and his trusty partner Freckles, using GPS Tracks - Map recorded: October 15, 2017. Page last updated: January 30, 2018.