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

Did all 185 miles. Only saw one other backpacker. I made the mistake of going after heavy flooding and it was mosquito season. But the historic aspects boggle the mind. Every 1/4 mile is a historic site. Going into Cumberland it becomes a horse trail and gross. But the accomplishment of doing the whole thing is great.

mountain biking
2 months ago

not a biker at all, with no training and mop buckets as panniers I made it a lowly 23 miles and camped at riley's lock. super windy.. saw a black coyote which was the highlight

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blowdown
6 months ago

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over grown
8 months ago

Urban, overgrown weeds along polluted dried up canal.

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muddy
10 months ago

Fairly busy on the tow path. At times shoulder to shoulder with someone. On the trails off of the tow path there is not a soul in sight. I would recommend the mining trail.

running
Sun Jul 16 2017

Nice trail with a fair amount of shade which helps on a summer day when it hits 90!

mountain biking
Sun Nov 20 2016

The amount of elevation gain may surprise you if you are expecting level all the way. But it was a nice ride.

mountain biking
Sun Nov 20 2016

Beautiful rail trail. There were several others on bikes.

mountain biking
Mon Sep 05 2016

The wife and I biked 15 miles North from Great Falls, which made the whole ride 30 miles. Pretty flat trail which didn't provide any time to coast. This intensified the workout because we were initially only going to ride 10 miles North, but because it was so flat we pushed it an additional 5 miles. The scenery was nice; trees, river, creek. Your typical hiking environment. But, I would prefer more visual stimulation. We'll try the section starting from Cumberland next time.

Fun short hike. The tunnel is interesting. Great for small kids if they don't mind the dark tunnel. Be sure to bring a flashlight. The rest of the hike is nice for a fall afternoon. It was worth the trip from northern Virginia.

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