Chesapeake and Ohio Canal

Stretching 184.5 miles from the hustle and bustle of Georgetown in the heart of Washington D.C. to the scenic mountains of Cumberland. Maryland, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park is the “backyard” of many communities.

Trail Information

Distance: 184.5 miles

Difficulty: Easy

Terrain: Flat crushed gravel trail with mile markers posted

Historic Points of Interest near Shepherdstown, WV:
-Mile 60: Harpers Ferry, WV
-Mile 73: Ferry Hill, MD
-Mile 99: Williamsport Cushwa Basin Visitor Center
-Interested in seeing more of the C&O Canal? Check out
the Canal Trust’s new program, Canal Discoveries, featuring 40 sites along the historic canal towpath.

Parking: Numerous access points to the C & O Canal towpath feature ample parking space, restroom facilities, and water pumps.

Park Service Webpage: For a complete list of visitor centers, directions and hours of operation please visit

Click here to view or print trail map.

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