Towpath: White's Ferry to Dickerson

Towpath: White's Ferry to Dickerson, Montgomery County, MD, USA

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In Short:8.5 miles point to point.
Summary:A delightful ride. Little chance of meeting another horse, or bike, or hiker. Beautiful moss-covered cliffs on the east bank of the canal. Intriguing surviving structures at Lockhouse 26. A grand view of the Potomac. And a wonderful old tree that stands watching us all go by.
Activities:horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking
Location:Between Dickerson Conservation Park (20700 Martinsburg Rd, Dickerson, MD 20842) and White's Ferry (24801 Whites Ferry Rd, Dickerson, MD 20842)
Length/Surface:8.5 mi. point to point. Hard-packed dirt.

This ride covered a distance of 8.52 miles in 2 hours, 24 minutes -- about 3.5 mph.

Bumps and Lumps:

Distance between highest and lowest altitudes on this trail is 52 feet. The average slope on this trail is 4.6%.

Trail Characteristics:Double track.
Drinking Water:yes. There is a pump at the Marble Quarry Campsite and a concessioin at White's Ferry.
Water for Horses:There may be a flowing stream or two. Drinks from the Potomac are a possibility. But take care with footing in the "dry" bed of the canal and edge of the river.
Restroom:Outhouse at Marble Quarry Campsite and bathroom at White's Ferry Concession.
Access and Parking:Lot at both Dickerson and Edward's Ferry. Both offer lots of room for horse trailers.



Distance between highest and lowest altitudes on this trail is 52 feet. The average slope on this trail is 4.6%.



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Created by David Stang and his trusty partner Freckles, using GaiaGPS. Map recorded: January 23, 2018. Page last updated: January 29, 2018.