C & O Canal Towpath Trail, Section #2

MODERATE 1 reviews

C & O Canal Towpath Trail, Section #2 is a 52.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Point Of Rocks, MD that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

52.8 miles 744 feet Point to Point

dog friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


cross country skiing




wild flowers


Cross the Appalachian Trail as you explore this historic and scenic canal path from Point of Rocks, MD to Williamsport. Civil War history comes alive on this section of the C & O Canal Towpath trail. Civil War enthusiasts will recognize such names as Harpers Ferry, Antietam, Falling Waters, and Williamsport. Trail enthusiasts will recognize the names of a couple famous trails that intersect with the C & O Canal Towpath in this section including the Appalachian Trail and Maryland Heights Hiking Trail. Although the trail is plenty remote and peaceful throughout this section, it also passes near some well known towns such as Brunswick, Harpers Ferry, Shepherdstown, and Williamsport. It is fairly easy to find food and drinks along this section of the trail, but it's still a good idea to come prepared. As with the rest of the C & O Canal Towpath trail, camping sites are plentiful in this region, but they are heavily used on summer weekends, so plan ahead. Fortunately, in addition to camping, are numerous lodging options along this 52 mile stretch of the trail. It is advisable to reserve your lodging in advance. For more information about camping and lodging along the trail, check out the website links included with this guide. If you just want to hike or ride this section, you will need to arrange for transportation to and from points on the trail. Both the MARC and Amtrak trains serve this area, but bikes may not be allowed on either, so be sure to check in advance. It is, however possible to get a ride here by train or car and then rent bikes in Williamsport or Brunswick. Of course the best option is to ride the entire trail from Georgetown to Cumberland or even add on the Great Allegheny Passage and go all the way to Pittsburgh. I assure you, it is an incredible ride.

3 years ago

This trail, when combined with the Great Allegheny Passage, makes for the bike trip of a lifetime.