Looking for a great trail in Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park, Maryland? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, river trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 4 easy trails in Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park ranging from 1.3 to 3.6 miles and from 141 to 173 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!




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Great trail to take for a dog. A couple spots with mild climbing

Road into Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park was closed so I parked on MacArthur Blvd and took the trail head next to the park entrance instead. Absolutely stunning trail system connecting many short well marked hikes together. I wondered around the overlook, Gold Mine Loop and tow path totaling about 5 miles out and back. This was a Tuesday morning or n July and only saw a few other folks out.

Had a great time on this hike. I brought my 6 and 7 year olds. It was intense for them, but doable.

Great hike! I completed sections A, B, and C today.

Best outdoor fun I’ve had since moving east. Great views of river and falls. Trail has a little rock scramble and climb (easy). Just bring some water and you’re good to go.

Get yourself a couple buddies, some hydration, and a pair of proper boots...the rest is history. You feel strong and alive completing this section of the trail. The 50’ climb south of Great Falls is one hell of an experience, alongside the immensely gorgeous views, bridges, and wildlife. Perfect memory-making opportunity for the weekend. I’d recommend to download the map just in case and watch where you step. Not typically for beginner hikers, this part of the trail is challenging at times. The overall hike is of “moderate” difficulty when including sections B & C. For avid hikers, section A is easy and quite fun.

12 days ago

Trail is very well marked and fairly busy with hikers. Some really nice and quiet areas off the trail including a beach like area. Some scramble required but not overly challenging. Felt longer than the 1+ miles but still really enjoyable.

12 days ago

Nice trail. We really liked all of the spur trails that connect to it; it allowed us to add on mileage if we wanted to.

16 days ago

There was a lot of climbing and the views were amazing. There was also nice shady areas that were good for taking a break. This was my 3rd hike (my first moderate level) and I found parts of it challenging, but I enjoyed it.

Great hike, section A was pretty difficult for my experience level but it was fun. Beautiful scenery, not too many people. Missed out on section B due to reports of multiple snakes in the area. I would definitely like to complete sections B&C of the trail.

Best to go earlier especially on weekdays, as too crowded since it’s extremely easy trail. Next time I’d love to bike wider trails and hike down more challenging areas “Billy Goat A” to watch kayaking enthusiasts and others braving the rapids. Don’t underestimate currents as I’m told half a dozen get pulled into rougher waters even when certain “calmer” areas seem tranquil and serene.

22 days ago

Great fun.

22 days ago

Great hike and very scenic of the Potomac, rocky trail so need good sturdy shoes. Easy hike back on the return along the canal

Great challenging hike! Would definitely do it again!

no shade
23 days ago

The boardwalk leads to amazing views of the falls and the Potomac. Super easy walk. Dogs are not permitted on the boardwalk. You can easily add mileage to your trip by walking along the canal or taking one of the Billy Goat trails.

I do not recommend if you’re looking to get away. Arrive early but you’ll still have to navigate around kids and people who are clearly not out there to hike. The trail has a lot of access points so regardless how far you go you’re still crowded by non-hikers. This is more of playing around on rocks and some pretty views.

Really fun trail right next to downtown DC! I did the entire loop with friends and I thought it was quoted as being an 8 mile loop but is actually closer to 12! so be prepared for that if you want to do the whole thing. It took us about 6 hours but it's worth it, especially if you start early in the morning. Also though, once you finish section C you basically just take the tow path the entire way back (about 4 miles) so that part was really boring and at that point we were super tired, so I would have preferred a better route back but whatever, still fun!

off trail
26 days ago

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