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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Eric from Blasdell, NY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/13/15 - 09/18/15
A beautiful, informative and somewhat challenging experience, Rich in history of both the canal itself and the surrounding region - particularly the Civil War history. The ride is on somewhat rough paths, and after a few hours being pounded on a mountain bike you will be more worn out than on a comparable distance of road work. The trip is worth it, though. You gain a real understanding of the struggles to build and maintain the canal, and the importance of it on the lives of the people of the region.

Karla from San Rafael, CA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 05/10/15 - 05/15/15
If you are looking for a moderate , historic bike ride that is well organized ,informative with excellent speakers, and based in a beautiful , peaceful location, I highly recommend this program.

Edward from Verona, PA Number of programs attended: 13
Date attended: 09/28/14 - 10/03/14
Shepard's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center is an excellent place to hold the Biking and Walking event. Very good accommodations with excellent buffet meals. I have been on a few of these bike trips and the Bikers and Walkers on this trip are the finest and friendliest group of people I have met yet. I am proud and it's my honor to have met you all...

Linda from Atlanta, GA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/28/14 - 10/03/14
What a great way to meet other people, see beautiful scenery and learn about another part of the country. This as a very enjoyable trip and very well organized. The lodge was "basic" but comfortable, the staff was extremely accommodating and the leaders of the biking portion (Susan and Norm) were not only efficient, but entertaining, as well. The combination of the leaders' personalities and abilities AND the mix of people on this trip made this one of the most "fun" tours I have ever taken. The purpose of this trip was, initially, to see a part of the country I have not visited before in an "active" way, but I also came away with new friendships. Great trip!

Ron from Ashland, OR Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/28/14 - 10/03/14
This was an excellent trip. Very informative and fun leaders (Susan and Norman). The Shepard's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center was a great venue - pretty setting, great home-made food and accommodating to vegetarians. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The "sag" support for our bike ride was superb - comfortable vans, picnic lunches, snacks, water, repairs and friendly drivers. Best of all, our group of 13 riders got along very well and some of us will certainly stay in contact after the trip - and hopefully will ride bikes together again some day.

Doris from Raleigh, NC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 06/15/14 - 06/20/14
I thought the trip was well organized and that the leaders did a good job of accommodating both the riders who wanted shorter distances and the riders who wanted to ride the total mileage. Our ride leader and general herder of the cats, Susan, was fantastic. She kept us organized and on schedule. And, she calmly handled the "bumps" that a few folks experienced along the way. Also, we had great sweep riders who were friendly and competent. It was a really nice touch to have our final dinner with candles and white table cloth and then go for an evening of entertainment at the General Store in Shepherds Town. We had a good group of 14 congenial and friendly participants.

Karen from Pawleys Island, SC Number of programs attended: 23
Date attended: 06/15/14 - 06/20/14
This was a very educational program. Our week was challenging in that the temperatures were high. Most sections of the towpath are bumpy with a very coarse gravel.

Marilyn from Mission, KS Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 04/13/14 - 04/18/14
A very interesting educational program with outdoor biking activities. Shepherd's Spring is an excellent Program Provider that delivers an outstanding outdoor experience (biking) and delivers great insight to the historical sites of the area.

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"Just like the old days--watching the mules tow our canal boat!" Uploaded By: Linda
"Just like the old days--watching the mules tow our canal boat!" Uploaded By: Linda

"One of the many sites along the path" Uploaded By: Linda

"New friends enjoying the canal" Uploaded By: Linda

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"Heading to a lock house. We bike south so the canal is always on our left and the river is on our right." Uploaded By: Pat

"Thrusday night farewell dinner with MD crab cakes on the menu - delicious. Can you tell that I Iike to eat." Uploaded By: Pat

"We got rained out so Junior took us for ice cream at Nutters in Sharpsburg, A fun treat." Uploaded By: Pat

"Buffet lunches were very good with hot soup and coffee." Uploaded By: Pat

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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
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