Explore the most popular Camping trails in Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Run away horse, tour of Fort Fredrick, Big Pool, Western Maryland Rail Trail. Fun day

Did a short 5 mile walk with the dog. Was nice and shaded. Nice for an early fall walk. Lot’s of bikes today.

It’s mostly gravel which makes for a loud walk! But the abundance of shade is wonderful. Relatively flat. Park at mile marker 99, head downriver to marker 97, turn and head upriver to marker 100. Return back to the car and you’ve done a 10k.

Shaded and good terrain for a relaxing bike ride. The path had some mud but nothing bad enough to worry about. Point of rock parking area is huge. Nice clean restrooms.

easy trail but the gravel towpath is annoying. I would rather hike through a more natural wooded path , no gravel

Nice calm, flat. Easy trail. Great for walking the dog. Mostly shaded.

We hiked from mile marker 109 to 112 and back. The view of the river is only from mile 109 to mile 110 where there is a campground and boat launch. The remainder of our hike was okay but the canal was full of standing water and stinky mud bringing out a lot of bugs.

Perfect time to see the bluebells in bloom!

Muddy. Some icy spots.

Very nice easy trail. The train came by twice and tooted its whistle! Bikers campers and runners all passed us by as we strolled our way by the river.

Great hike. Nice views of the river. A lot of bugs.

The climb up to the overlook hidden behind the graffiti covered bridge abutment was steep and overgrown in most spots but the view once at the top made it worth while. Be careful crossing the train tracks, they are active and heavily used.

Hiked this trail last week, before the rains. I found it moderately challenging due to distance and timeline. The scenery was okay to view. I totally agree with other readers comments that this is an excellent biking trail. It is on my go to list when needing a change of scenery from Sugarloaf Mountain Trails and Gambrill State Park Trails.

Easy trailer parking, nice and flat for horses. Everyone we passed was friendly and respectful of the horses. Trains can be VERY loud, so make sure your horse is somewhat bombproof!

Great walk with dogs! Loved it!

Not really a mountain bike trail (not sure why there isn’t a option for biking) But me and the scouts went the whole way and it was great.

A nice walk in the woods, but with little of interest for hikers until you reach the aqueduct. The trail is far better suited for biking.

mountain biking
Wed Jun 21 2017

Fabulous hiking, biking and walking. Packed dirt ride, mostly flat or gentle elevations. Beautiful views along the river and plenty of wildlife to be seen.

easy flat trail with lots of shade and decent view of the river

hiking
Sun Apr 02 2017

Short and steep, views are worth every bit of it.

I did the quick scramble up the mtn for amazing views

nice easy stroll along the river. should be easy not moderate.

This is a very easy trail. Not sure why so many people rate it as moderate. It's flat the entire way and follows the river. Great for dogs as long as they're on a leash because it gets crowded!

mountain biking
Tue Jan 10 2017

Nice ride. We had carried a lunch which we ate at the mill

mountain biking
Tue Jan 10 2017

History lesson and a nice ride, all on the same day.

Very nice jaunt on a warm November afternoon. Fall colors still around. I followed the directions to scrabble up the hill overlooking the bridge - very pretty views. 3 or 4 trains came by for a little interest. Nice spot!

Going up to the rock overlook (called "The Point") above the Potomac River bridge is a short, steep hike, but doable by most average hikers. The really steep part is a few 100 feet long, so not too bad. I went up with my wife, two 12 year old boys, and two dogs. Coming down is a bit more challenging if you don't have on good hiking boots because you tend to slip on the steep, loose trail. To reach the trailhead, go north from the Point of Rocks parking lot on the towpath till you're under the car bridge, and then turn right to walk through the old canal over to the railroad tracks. The tracks are very active and 3 trains came by while we were there. Once you cross the tracks, just look for the graffiti on the concrete bridgeworks and there's the trailhead going uphill to your left. It's about 25 yards in front of the train tunnel. Once up top, the view is spectacular of Virginia, Maryland, and the river. Then the trail peters out quickly into the woods, so just turn and come back down the same way you went up. Can't beat the views on this hike!

Awesome view once you reach the top. For a shorter hike you can park at the boat ramp and walk up the trail by the Parking lot, then cross the train tracks under the bridge. It's extremely steep for the first couple hundred feet but after that it's a steady incline

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