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Water along the trail


I am planning a trip for September and was wondering how accessible water is along the trail. I have been contemplating taking along my camelback, but I have read that you would be ok traveling with 2ish water bottles. If you are able to refill water bottles fairly frequently and easily along the trail, I would rather not carry my hydration pack, but if it's more of a hassle to refill, I will take it. Any insight is appreciated :)
posted Aug 22 2017 9:06PM - Anonymous

2ish water bottles are what I find sufficient. The pumps along the C&O are treated with iodine, you might not like the taste. There are towns along the way that you could buy additional water. the towns may well be spaced an hour apart so plan accordingly.
posted Aug 23 2017 8:31AM - Willy, Arlington,VA

There is trail side water at Dravo Graveyard, Boston, Ohiopyle, and a few other places. And of course water in all of the small towns along the Passage. Along C&O there are water pumps at most campsites. Water is treated so safe to drink but there is a strong iodine taste. If a pump needs to be turned off the Park Service does update their website. There are several towns at or near the C&O to purchase water. You should be aware of your milepoint as there are a few areas (Paw Paw to Hancock) that are fairly remote with only campsite water. I rarely carry more than 2 bottles and I seem to do okay. In my normal life I tend to drink 5-7 16oz bottles per day. Don't really care for a Camelbak.
posted Aug 24 2017 7:41AM - Rick, Grafton

My wife and i road the C&O in August and carried two bottles and camel backs - it was hot. Used the pumps at the hiker biker sites.
posted Oct 12 2017 11:44PM - C Mark Blatchley, Erving

    



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