Towpath: Edwards Ferry to Riley's Lock

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

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Overview

In Short:16.6 miles round trip. Point to point double track.
Summary:This is a long ride, and would be tedious without the tremendous scenery.
Activities:horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking
Location:Between Edwards Ferry (Edwards Ferry Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837) and Riley's Lock (foot of Rileys Lock Road, off River Road in Darnestown MD)
Length/Surface:16.6 mi. round trip. Point to point. Hard-packed dirt.

This ride covered a distance of 16.6 miles in 4 hours, 36 minutes -- about 3.6 mph.

Bumps and Lumps:

Distance between highest and lowest altitudes on this trail is 30 feet. The average slope on this trail is 6%.

Trail Characteristics:Level double track.
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:outhouses at Edward's Ferry, Chisel Branch Campsite, and Riley's Lock.
Access and Parking:A lot at Edward's Ferry and several at Riley's Lock with room for horse trailers.
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Elevations



Distance between highest and lowest altitudes on this trail is 30 feet. The average slope on this trail is 6%.

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Downloads

Download GPX file.A GPX file is a GPS exchange format file in the format of an XML file. You can upload it to fitness tracking and mapping sites such as Strava, Gaia GPS or Endomondo, then use the matching app to load it into your smartphone and take it with you on your ride.
Download KML file.A KML file is a file format used to display geographic data in an Earth browser such as Google Earth. KML uses a tag-based structure with nested elements and attributes and is based on the XML standard. Get Google Earth free here.


Created by David Stang and his trusty partner Freckles, using GaiaGPS. Map recorded: February 20, 2018. Page last updated: March 04, 2018.