Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trail: Hancock to Licking Creek

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Fort Tonoloway State Park

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trail: Hancock to Licking Creek is a 16.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Hancock, Maryland that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from March until May. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length16.2 miElevation gain157 ftRoute typeOut & back
kid friendlyHikingHorseback ridingMountain bikingRunningDog friendlyForestRiver
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Getting There

C&O Canal NHP Headquarters 301-739-4200

Hancock has an exit where Routes 40 and 70 meet. Take Route 522 south to Route 144 East. At the next light turn right onto S. Pennsylvania Avenue and then right onto Canal St. This will take you across the canal to the parking and camping area. (N39 41.865 W78 10.900) There are water fountains and porta-johns at the Little Tonoloway Recreation Area. C&O Bicycles is on the north side of the canal and has everything you'd need. The parking area at Licking Creek is just off of Route 40 (N39 39.321 W78 3.154)

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Jennifer Tony
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Mary Jamison
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Hiking

Perfect day for a walk here! I was signed up to do the Out of Darkness walk in Frederick, but it was changed to walking on our own, so I picked this.

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Jennifer Tony
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Hiking

flat beautiful walk by the water!

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Julie Abe
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Eric Lienhard
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Eric Lewanda
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WalkingGreat!

Easy towpath with lots of shade.

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Jim Mur
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Walking

Incredible incredible incredible day loved it started off at 77° 84% humidity ending roughly around 82° stopped in Hancock for a drink and a bite had a wonderful time love that bar playing old Motown had a great ride today 30+ miles perfect perfect day this was definitely a number five which is so rare

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Cosmo Gnat
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Hiking

bunchs of people and fungi passes 2 locks and the Townolalonay aquaduct

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Mark O'Ffill
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Mountain biking

Great level shaded portion of the trail.

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Daniel Carter
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Road biking

Was actually riding a mountain bike. The paved rail trail allowed me to get to a turnaround point faster, then I switched to the tow path for the return. This trail is calling me for a longer ride just as soon as possible.

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Wayne Moreira
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Jack Schantz
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Justin Held
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Betsy Bell
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Mark Gable
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eva o’croinin
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Jesse Miller
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Andrew Albertson
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Randi DuFresne
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Carolyn Krasley
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Jaime Kauffman
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Qubenic Yancey
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Gidget Bryan
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Chris Helman
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Chris Helman
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Qubenic Yancey
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Qubenic Yancey
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Kim Marchi
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