Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out.
Learn more

Best trails in Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

4660 Reviews
Looking for a great trail in Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Maryland? AllTrails has 38 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking 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 19 easy trails in Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park ranging from 1.3 to 49.4 miles and from 65 to 442 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Over four million people visit the C&O Canal each year. From spectacular views of Mather Gorge and Great Falls, peaceful walks or bike rides through nature, tours of lock houses and other historic structures, special events, or boat rides on the watered sections of the canal, the C&O Canal offers something for everyone.

Show more
Map of trails in Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
Park information
Park hours
Monday
9:00 am - 5:00 am
Tuesday
9:00 am - 5:00 am
Wednesday
9:00 am - 5:00 am
Thursday
9:00 am - 5:00 am
Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 am
Saturday
9:00 am - 5:00 am
Sunday
9:00 am - 5:00 am
Contact
301-739-4200
Top trails (38)
#1 - Billy Goat and Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trail Loop
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(1022)
Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 3 h 3 m
Note: As of April 2019, Towpath is closed due to construction, please use the marked towpath detour at Great Falls upstream of Lock 20 One of the best hikes in the Washington DC area and a short drivShow more
#2 - Great Falls Overlook Loop
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(364)
Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 1 m
NOTE: It has been reported that the parking lot and other parts of this park may be CLOSED due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information: https://www.nps.gov/choh/planyourvShow more
#3 - Billy Goat Trail Section A
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow Star(293)
Length: 4 mi • Est. 1 h 42 m
Please note that this trail is subject to flood related closures. The Billy Goat Trail offers excellent views of the falls, forest, and river. This trail is on the hard side of moderate, with quite aShow more
#4 - Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trail to Great Falls Overlook
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(270)
Length: 4 mi • Est. 1 h 41 m
Trail is beautiful, tons of trees and off shoot trails. The trail starts right behind the visitors center.Show more
#5 - Paw Paw Tunnel Trail
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(157)
Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 17 m
Paw Paw Tunnel Trail is a 4.9 mile out and back trail located near Paw Paw, West Virginia that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessiblShow more
#6 - Billy Goat Trail from Chesapeake & Ohio National Historic Park
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(65)
Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 3 h 21 m
The Billy Goat Trail is accessible year-round and protected by the National Park Service and The Nature Conservancy. The park was established in 1961 as a National Monument by President Dwight D. EiseShow more
#7 - Great Falls Overlook Trail
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(185)
Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 33 m
Great walks, and fantastic views of the Potomac. A few nice lookout points, and great spots for some scrambling and bouldering rocks. Tons of parking, bathrooms and concession staff during peak timShow more
#8 - C&O Canal Towpath: Carderock to Great Falls
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(176)
Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 2 h 38 m
C&O Canal Towpath: Carderock to Great Falls is a 6.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bethesda, Maryland that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a nShow more
#9 - Gold Mine Loop Trail
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(194)
Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 32 m
Gold Mine Loop Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Potomac, Maryland that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and isShow more
#10 - Billy Goat Loop Trail
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(118)
Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 34 m
Billy Goat Trail - Section A, starting from Old Angler's Inn, with approach along C&O Canal Towpath and returning along the Berma Road trail above the canal.Show more
Showing results 1 - 10 of 38