C&O Canal Towpath: Rileys Lock to Swains Lock

EASY 15 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 offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

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

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

mountain biking
2 months ago

Great day hike, packing route. Plenty of campsites to stop along the way or call for the night. Great views of the Potomac, some fishing opportunities on both the Canal and the River. Great family hike. No noticeable slope, packed terrain. North of Seneca Landing gets bad after rainy weather. Going to try an overnight bike ride soon

hiking
5 months ago

we only walked half yesterday, but will go back and finish the rest. I love walking and biking the C&O and plan on doing all of the C&O before the summer is out. Very easy walking, very clean trail, beautiful view of the river and the canal.

hiking
Sunday, August 02, 2015

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

paddle sports
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.

mountain biking
9 months ago

mountain biking
10 months ago

mountain biking
10 months ago

mountain biking
10 months ago

hiking
Saturday, August 12, 2017

mountain biking
Saturday, July 01, 2017

Thursday, November 27, 2014

road biking
Saturday, April 26, 2014