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Campground safety and reservations

Just wondering if a July journey along GAP and C&O is safe for a single woman camping? Are campgrounds usually available without reservations for cyclists? Will there be other people around or is it going to be lonely? Thanks!!!
posted Jun 5 2018 8:14PM - Riders, FLX

The GAP will feel more comfortable to a lone rider. It has heavier traffic. You might try to tie up with other riders that are the same speed. The C&O path is pretty overgrown and bumpy in places, meaning it doesn't carry as much traffic. I take lots of day-rides along the Harpers Ferry to DC section. The campgrounds always seem to have enough people to be safe at night. Still, it wouldn't hurt man or woman to ride with a companion whether it's someone you started out with or met on the ride. As with any similar trip, if something makes you feel uncomfortable, get off the trail and find somewhere else to spend the night.
posted Jun 6 2018 10:04AM - Richard, Washington

I am able to let you stay at my house along the trail if you will be going through West Newton. Also a single woman. I do have friendly dogs. Also there is a bed and breakfast there and a camp cheap campspot at Yough outfitters which is safe on the riverbank.
posted Jun 6 2018 8:28PM - Anonymous, West Newton

On the C&O some of the lock houses are available for rent for a nominal fee.
posted Jun 6 2018 10:55PM - Anonymous

Last July I hiked the C&O alone and it was great. I stayed on the free overnight campsites along the trail without any problem. Then I meet a man who asked if he could hike with me and I said yes and it was fine too. I am planning to bike the trail this July if you are interested in coming along you are welcome.
posted Jun 8 2018 4:23PM - Ivonete Chasson, DC

Thank you for the feedback. It sounds like it will be a lovely journey.
posted Jun 13 2018 5:43PM - Riders

I am going to cycle the whole path from Cumberland to DC this weekend. Feel free to text and join me if you are going as well now, 415 994 7620
posted Jun 15 2018 2:19AM - Nikola

I’m planning to ride from Cumberland to DC on Monday the 25th June. If anybody is interested to come along. Maybe one night stay in a hostel or hotel along the way. Happily Married male 50 from Australia.
posted Jun 18 2018 6:37AM - Kieran, Brisbane

It is a long way off but I plan on riding from Pitts to DC last of August or Sept. Plans are uncertain as of now. happy biking
posted Jun 23 2018 2:36AM - robert jones, ocala fl and gien france


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