Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

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.

Flat terrain beautiful scenery light bike traffic.

Easy flat paved, for a light rest day.

Wonderful trail. Smooth pavement. The western half is prettiest. Follows along the canal in a nice canopy of woods. The eastern half from Big Pool to Hancock is. Ice. Has some good views of the water. But several miles of it is so close to
Route 70 that it is noisy with traffic.

Relaxing and easy stroll along tow path between the Potomac River and C&O canal.

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
11 months ago

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.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

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

Sunday, February 19, 2017

I did the quick scramble up the mtn for amazing

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

Thursday, January 12, 2017

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
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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

mountain biking
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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

Sunday, November 13, 2016

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!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Easy straight walk

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Definitely worth the drive!!!

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

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

mountain biking
Friday, May 20, 2016

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.

mountain biking
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

This was an unforgettable experience. I am remembering back to 2012 that it took us a day longer than we planned but all the better not to be rushed.

mountain biking
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

We bike camped this trail about three years ago. I think the pictures were on a camera that got stolen. That may explain why we forgot to review the trail. I loved it that there were plenty of campsites the entire route.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

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.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Found the ultra secret local trail to the lookout point on the rocks. Cross tracks under the bridge from the C & O trail parking lot and you will see a path that goes straight up at the base of the bridge. Pretty steep climb so not for everyone. But the view is awesome and worth it.

There is not a defined trail to the top of the rocks. Park at the C&O Canal parking lot. Walk over to US 15, cross the road and start climbing upwards. Use a GPS to guide you to the top. At the top, there's a hint of a trail. Follow it towards the east to the overlook.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A flat but expansive trail. I really enjoyed the scenery. Definitely going to visit again

Friday, May 22, 2015

I'm a local here and travel this trail very often. Have to go over the train tracks at the bridge and have to get very close to the road. But a short steep hike that shows a very nice view of the Potomac. We refer to it as THE POINT.

Can't say enough good things about this trail. Best section of the 185 mile trail is between Williamsport and Paw Paw - it's the most remote and peaceful least crowded too. Hiker biker campsites are every 5 miles or so first come first serve no reservations necessary. They are awesome. Download of "C&O Companion" app highly recommended. This trail hooks up with the 140 mile Great Allegheny Passage in Cumberland MD, which will take you to Pittsburgh PA - almost the entire route off road.

trail running
Sunday, January 12, 2014

Great trail and scenery. can be very quiet in the "off-season." Enjoyed running alongside an historic canal. Can't wait to get back on that trail!

road biking
Sunday, December 01, 2013

Rode the towpath from Cumberland to Georgetown and back. It was a great journey! There are plenty of great campsites to stay at, and the trail is kept up very nicely. I ended up getting a flat tire about 4 miles outside of Georgetown, and a few of the park controllers helped me changing out inner tubes in the midst of the congestion. There are plenty of stores and towns along the way also in case you need any supplies.

Definitely recommend this trail highly!

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