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C&O Canal / Great Allegheny Passage Guide: Maps, Services, Events, and More

About the C&O Canal Trail

The C&O Canal Towpath trail runs 185 miles along the Potomac River, from Washington DC to Cumberland Maryland.  These tools will help you plan your next cycling, hiking, running, or canoeing trip along the C&O Canal or the Great Allegheny Passage.

About the Great Allegheny Passage

The Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) trail runs 150 miles through the heart of Pennsylvania, from the Point Park in downtown Pittsburgh to Cumberland Maryland.  There it connects to the 185 mile long C&O Canal Trail. 

Together, the GAP and C&O add up to over 300 miles of blissful trail!  Both trails are included in this website's tools to help you plan your next adventure along the Great Allegheny Passage, the C&O, or both.
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Blue heron near Georgetown, by Mark Pankin
Blue heron near Georgetown Photo: Mark Pankin

C&O Canal Towpath and Great Allegheny Passage Resources

An interactive MAP of the C&O Canal Towpath & Great Allegheny Passage
 
BUSINESSES and SERVICES along the trails
 
An interactive TRIP PLANNER provides details specific to your trip
 
EVENTS on and around the C&O Towpath and GAP
 
Discuss the trails on the COMMENT FORUM
 
Trail MILEAGE CHART
 
BED & BREAKFASTS along the trail
Journals and TRIP REPORTS from others' C&O / GAP travels
 
C&O and GAP MERCHANDISE - shirts and stickers
 
PHOTOS of the C&O and GAP
 
ELEVATION (altitude) of towns along the trails
 
WEATHER along the trails: [ GAP ] [ C&O ]
 
LINKS to other useful websites

C&O Canal Trail Conditions

C&O Trail conditions from the National Parks Service website:

Park Closure

Caution

  • Alert 1 , Severity ,caution ,, Rabies Alert Several wild animals with suspected rabies virus have been observed in the park. Please do not approach wild animals or allow wild animals to approach you. If you observe sick or suspicious animals, please notify Dispatch at 866-677-6677.

Information

  • Alert 1 , Severity ,information ,, Water availability along the towpath Pump handles are on and water is available at all campsites in the park EXCEPT: Stick Pile, North Mountain, and Huckleberry Hill Hiker-Biker campsites. These campsites do NOT have water.
  • Alert 2 , Severity ,information ,, Lock 3 Georgetown Towpath Detour There is a towpath detour around the Lock 3 plaza located between 30th Street and Thomas Jefferson Street in Georgetown. Lock 3 plaza and surrounding area will be closed for the reconstruction and repairs of Locks 3 and 4.
  • Alert 3 , Severity ,information ,, Senior Lifetime Pass The senior lifetime pass price is being raised from $10 to $80 effective 8/28/17. At the C&O Canal, the ONLY location they can be purchased at is the fee booth at Great Falls: 11710 MacArthur Blvd, Potomac, MD 20854. They are open 7 days a week 9 am-4 pm.
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