C&O Canal Towpath: Rileys Lock to Swains Lock

EASY 11 reviews
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C&O Canal Towpath: Rileys Lock to Swains Lock is a 17.3 mile out and back trail located near Poolesville, Maryland and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
17.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
95 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

road biking

trail running

walking

hiking
27 days ago

mountain biking
1 month ago

mountain biking
2 months ago

mountain biking
2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

mountain biking
5 months ago

7 months ago

hiking
Sunday, August 02, 2015

Beautiful path! Didn't complete the entire trail but will definitely be back for it!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

road biking
Saturday, April 26, 2014

canoeing
Sunday, November 06, 2011

This area actually has a lot to offer the experienced and casual out door enthusiast alike. We are fortunate to have such natural beauty and easy access to enjoy this natural resource so close to home. One of the attractive things for me is, the canoe/kayak/boat launch ramp so close to the parking lot and historically scenic attractions. I recommend this location to anyone who wants a quick escape from the concrete jungle and be able to make it home in enough time for dinner...or you can hang out and watch the sunset over the tree line on the Potomac.