C & O Canal Towpath Trail, Section #3

MODERATE 6 reviews

C & O Canal Towpath Trail, Section #3 is a 41.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Williamsport, MD that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

41.4 miles 1346 feet Point to Point

dog friendly





mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running


cross country skiing




wild flowers


Highlights of this incredible trail include historic waypoints, trailside towns, abundant wildlife and gorgeous scenery. You will have so many trail options on this section of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath trail, that you will want to come back and try them all. For example, one of the unique options for this section of the trail is to ride or hike a loop using the C & O trail combined with the Western Maryland Rail Trail. This makes for a nice mix of a dirt trail with a paved trail and also gives you a nice loop ride with different scenery each way. You can also ride the entire C & O Canal Towpath from Washington D.C. to Cumberland, Maryland (or the other way, of course). This is a 184 mile ride. Or for a real challenge, you can tack on the Great Allegheny Passage trail which runs from Cumberland to Pittsburgh, PA. This could easily make a five day adventure that you'll never forget. It is hard to ride this trail and not enjoy the history, scenery, and ambience of a true American classic. Take your time and read the historical signs, observe the wildlife, and take lots of pictures. This is the ride of a lifetime, so give yourself plenty of time to savor it.

5 months ago

5 months ago

Very local to me. Great area, super easy. Almost completely flat. Nice views.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Excellent, very little elevation. Dirt and crushed rock. Beautiful with plenty of wildlife and many miles to cover. Majority of the ride is within sight of the river through some foliage. Dam 4 & 5 are a short distance in either direction.

6 months ago

9 months ago

Spent a very enjoyable day walking with the dog on the section of the towpath from Dam 4 to McMahons Mill. Its a nice 8 mile walk for an afternoon on a nice flat path. You can bring your lunch to enjoy at the Mill then turn around and head for home. Makes for a great day.

4 years ago

This is one of the great Washington D.C. trails that are featured in the Trails of Washington D.C. Tour offered by www.ActiveTravelTours.com