184 miles with history in every step

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C&O Canal from Georgetown, DC to Cumberland, MD

Year Round Walk

SN: 126149 - 2024 / Y0747

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Key Bridge in Georgetown
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Barge at Great Falls NP
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Prime mover for barge
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Great Falls of the Potomac
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when is the event

From Mon, Jan 1st, 2024 to Dec 31st, 2024

Start times: Dawn to Dusk

Hosted on the Online Start Box (OSB) only

where is the event

Potomac, Maryland

WARNING: The map pin is for reference only and may not accurately indicate the start box location or the event start.

reasons to do the event

Special programs

Border Crossings


The Appalachian Trail

CC: Montgomery County


Special programs that are applicable to all events or all walks are not shown to reduce clutter.

Event comments

For updates on trail conditions and other warnings, see https://www.nps.gov/choh/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

conditions for the event

Rating: 1B, Distance: 10, 300km

Restrooms: Yes

Pets: Yes

Strollers: Hard

Wheelchairs: Hard

Event information

The C&O Canal National Historical Park winds 184.5 miles from Georgetown in Washington, DC to Cumberland in beautiful western Maryland. The trail, a mostly well-kept towpath nestled between the Potomac River and the canal, is a trip through history, with 74 lift locks, restored lock houses, aqueducts, and the amazing mile-long Paw Paw tunnel. Walkers will enjoy spectacular scenery, beautiful river vistas, and wildlife along the trail. Pick your distance from a leisurely 5K on Sunday afternoon to a 300K camping adventure.


how to get to the event

OSB - First register for the event

The detailed location of, and driving directions to, the event starting point are included in the event directions, downloaded from the Online Start Box (OSB). To plan your travels, please use the map on this page or the maps phrase below, if provided by the club. The POC does not provide event directions nor accept alternate payment methods.

Maps phrase and directions link

Click "GO" to bring up the directions on Google maps to the event starting point.

Potomac Maryland

The above maps phrase is only provided for planning purposes. The downloaded event directions provide detailed directions to the starting point and possible alternate start point locations. THERE IS NO PHYSICAL START BOX AT THIS LOCATION.

event sponsor

Maryland Volkssport Assn. (AAA-MD)

Event website: www.mdvolks.org/yres/yres.php

point of contact

Click inside the box to send an email to the POC.