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C&O Canal National Historical Park, Williamsport

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  • Can walk forever or so it seems, easy walk along the Potomac River, with views of the remnants of the canal. Not as crowded as the canal down in Potomac, MD. Nice little visitor center as well.  more »
  • Lovely well maintained trail by the river. Great for walking, running and cycling as well as taking in the wildlife. The visitor centre was closed for the winter. Highlight was seeing a Bald Eagle abo...  more »
  • Nice peaceful area to walk or ride a bike.There was only a few people walking the towpath today when I was there.  more »
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  • This park is a triple threat. It is the epitome of MD parks. It's got easy flat trails for a leisure stroll, and if you want more of a challenge you can go off trail and rock scramble. It's loaded with history, there is lots to learn. There are free bikes you can borrow, or bring your own. You can kayak on the river (experienced people only I think) and did I mention that the scenery is astounding? It's $10 to park for a vehicle, $30 for a season pass. I really wish I was closer. The only drawback is that it can get very busy. Lots of tourists. You can get caught behind people walking very slowly. Lots of people taking pictures (I don't blame them). Some cyclists are inconsiderate and zip by you when they should warn you of their approach and not go so fast. If you want to rock scramble wear grippy shoes/boots.
  • One of my favorite places for a hike in the area. The towpath is very flat so it's great for a nice leisurely stroll or bike ride and the Billy Goat Trail is an excellent option for those who want a more difficult hike. There is often lots of wildlife such as great blue herons, box turtles, snakes, etc. and the ruins of the canal contrast the natural scenery nicely. Olmstead Island is definitely the best place to view Great Falls in my opinion. Accessible from the towpath, the boardwalk passes over other smaller falls that are very impressive. The only negative thing is it can get a little crowded on the weekends especially when the weather is nice but it's completely worth it.
  • Absolutely beautiful camping site! Large sites, clean and right on the rivers edge. Trail is nice for bikers or just walking.
  • It's close by and one of my favorite outdoor places to take a walk or bike ride. It runs along the Potomac River from Cumberland Md to Washington DC and provide numerous scenic views.
  • The Potomac river drops about 30 feet (18.5 meters) at Great Falls in a series of rapids carved by water out of bedrock. A spectacular place. The adjacent Chesapeake & Ohio Canal has a series of lift locks which once served to make the canal navigable.