C&O Canal Towpath: Rileys Lock to Swains Lock Trail

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C&O Canal Towpath: Rileys Lock to Swains Lock Trail is a 8.8 mile point-to-point trail located near Poolesville, MD and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and road biking and is accessible year-round.

8.8 miles 36 feet Point to Point

kid friendly


road biking

trail running


1 year ago

Beautiful path! Didn't complete the entire trail but will definitely be back for it!

4 years ago

This area actually has a lot to offer the experienced and casual out door enthusiast alike. We are fortunate to have such natural beauty and easy access to enjoy this natural resource so close to home. One of the attractive things for me is, the canoe/kayak/boat launch ramp so close to the parking lot and historically scenic attractions. I recommend this location to anyone who wants a quick escape from the concrete jungle and be able to make it home in enough time for dinner...or you can hang out and watch the sunset over the tree line on the Potomac.