C&O Canal Trail (Point of Rocks to Monocacy Aqueduct) is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Point of Rocks, Maryland that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Largest aqueduct on the canal, woodlands, quiet country side The town of Point of Rocks consists of little more than a three-block stretch of street running parallel to the canal and railroad tracks. It's worth a brief visit to the Victorian train station, and has a small country store for stocking up prior to or after, heading out. Calico Rocks campsite is named for the composite rocks of this region - a mix of multicolored pebbles held together by a natural cement of limestone, referred to as "Potomac Marble." Nolands Ferry was an important crossing point for settlers following the old Indian trail and wagon road and dates back to 1742. The 7 arches spanning the 560 ft Monocacy Aqueduct was once the jewel of the canal. It's now reinforced with steel beems, and struggles against the current and loose soil.
Great for a walk with the dog. It's flat and has a canopy of trees covering the whole walk. This is not a difficult walk at all.
This trail was very flat, which makes doing the 12.5 mile walk manageable. I think I would have enjoyed this trail a lot more as a leisurely bike ride, rather than walking. Might be good for someone with children as an easy beginning hike, though I wouldn't recommend dragging them the entire 6.25 miles out to the bridge and back. There are other places to intercept the trail a little closer to the bridge if you're more interested in the destination than the journey.
Flat well maintained trail suited more for bicycles. Nevertheless, a decent hike for the family no matter if you plan on hiking the whole trail or just have time for a short walk. Patrolled by security personnel on bikes, the trail is well traveled by walkers, joggers and bikers. You will not be alone on a nice day but will find the walk pleasurable.