C&O Canal Towpath: Carderock to Great Falls

MODERATE 59 reviews

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 number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
141 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

mountain biking

road biking

trail running

walking

river

views

waterfall

scramble

20 days ago

Great for running! easily accessible. Nice and flat.

hiking
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A beautiful hike with great scenery, ample wildlife, and interesting insights into the history of the canal.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Flat and fun!

Friday, July 01, 2016

Great walk

hiking
Monday, March 28, 2016

Great day for a hike. The falls looked very powerful today. Glad I got there early because on my way back there were a lot of people headed out to the trail.

hiking
Saturday, February 27, 2016

I took the Billy Goat session B and C on the way. This way I had hiking instead of just walking. Love the trails.

trail running
Sunday, August 02, 2015

Love running the towpath. Haven't completed the entire trail but it's in my to-do list.

hiking
Friday, December 05, 2014

Very nice views! Can get a bit crowded the later you go.

trail running
Friday, June 13, 2014

I've only run it in preparation for a race or the race itself. I keep telling myself to go back and hike it. I see some beautiful settings that I want to capture thru my camera lens and I keep putting it off. Well, the weather is nice again, so I'll have to get it done.

hiking
Sunday, August 19, 2012

Very cool pathway for running!!! My husband and I were amazed by the beauty in the area :-).

hiking
Saturday, April 28, 2012

I used to hike the Georgetown to Rock Creek section daily. one the the best urban hikes. able to see deer, beaver and now the occasional coyote! Very easy, minor grade and a great biking trail. Take it all the way to MD.

hiking
Sunday, October 23, 2011

I never tire of hiking the C&O! A path for all seasons, all ages, all fitness levels. Gorgeous views, peaceful and inspiring.

hiking
Saturday, July 16, 2011

Great hike on the towpath all the way to the Great Falls.

hiking
Sunday, July 10, 2011

Breathtaking views of river. Didn't do the entire trail (it's 11.7 miles) but did about half and tossed in the Billy Goat trail. Long but very good day! If you stay on the path that follows the canal, there isn't much protection from the sun, so wear some sunscreen and bug spray and take plenty of water. This path had lots of people on it... dog walkers, hikers, runners, and bicyclists, but the view is worth dealing with all the people.

recorded lack of bug spray

hiking
10 days ago

trail running
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

mountain biking
9 months ago

11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

road biking
Saturday, July 22, 2017

hiking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

hiking
Saturday, June 17, 2017

hiking
Monday, June 12, 2017

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