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C&O Canal Trip Reports

Planning a trip on the C&O Canal can be quite an undertaking.  Here you can share the knowledge and experiences of others who have already made the trip, whether by bike, foot, or boat.  Trips are listed in reverse chronological order.

If you have a journal or write-up of your own C&O experience that you'd like to share here, just let us know.

Solo Trip from Washington DC to Pittsburgh
Author: Sri Narayanan
When: Fall 2016
Where: Washington to Pittsburgh
Nice blog with lots of short videos

Bike Camping on C&O Canal
When: Summer 2016
Where: Harpers Ferry to Washington

Gone with the Schwinn
Author: Mr Purple Paul
When: August 2015
Where: GAP: Cumberland to Pittsburgh

Seeing America at 10 miles per hour
Author: Bruce and Susan
When: 2015
Where: Pittsburgh to DC

Reader’s Digest review of Tom and Chuck’s GAP and C&O bicycle tour
Author: Chuck and Tom
When: July 2011
Where: Pittsburgh to Washington DC

Father and Son: Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal
Author: David Fritsch
When: July 2-11, 2009
Where: Pittsburgh to Washington
Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. via Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal, over 10 days

Charlie's GAP and C&O Solo Unsupported Trip
Author: Charlie
When: June 2008
Where: McKeesport to DC

A Question of Grit -- Five Days on the Pittsburgh-to-Washington Bike Trail
Author: Franklin Toker
When: May 2008
Where: Pittsburgh to Washington DC

Pittsburgh to DC in Four Days
Author: MC, DA, & EQ
When: 2006
Where: Pittsburgh to Washington DC
A must-read for anyone planning this trip, loaded with links, photos, and planning tips

3-person self-contained bike trip from McKeesport PA to Washington DC
Author: MC, DA, and EQ
When: May 2004
Where: McKeesport PA to Washington DC
This trip used the ATA trail, Great Allegheny Passage, and C&O Canal. The report includes numerous links and planning tips.

Paw Paw Bends Canoe Trip
Author: Charles Danforth
When: August 2002
Where: Paw Paw to Hancock
Canoeing 41 miles of remote and rugged beauty on the Potomac River.

Gary's 1997 C & O Canal Trip
Author: Gary Mumma
When: September 1997
Where: Cumberland to chain Bridge (mile 184.5 to 4.2)
Self-contained and camping along the way. This report is still timely, ten years later.

Sea Kayaking on the C & O Canal
Author: Tim Farmer
Where: Cumberland to Washington DC
This article is short on details. But it proves the point that one can kayak from Cumberland to DC, using a combination of the canal and the Potomac River.

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