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Bike the Entire C&O Canal: One of America’s Most Distinctive National Parks

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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.
Charles from Elmira, NY Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/20/15 - 09/25/15
Enjoyed this program. A fun loving group. A positive challenge for me. Charlie

Cindy from West Des Moines, IA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/19/15 - 04/24/15
If you like to see nature from the seat of a bike and are a history buff, this is your program. As I peddled along, I couldn't help but imagine life along the C&O canal 100 years ago and marvel at the engineering it took to accomplish it. I loved every part of this program.

Walter from Greenville, WI Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 04/19/15 - 04/24/15
I was very happy with the trip on 4/19/15 through 4/24/15.
The trip is listed as challenging because it can be difficult if it rains and gets muddy. Our leaders, Ann and Junior, did everything possible to make the trip enjoyable. There was plenty to do and see each day. On our trip it rained the first two nights so we were dealing with mud the first two days. It actually dried out during the day so the afternoons were easier. I actually took the van the last 14 miles of the second day as my legs were tired from the first two mornings dealing with the mud. For the most part the towpath is gravel and solid but the mud puddles just slow you down. We were able to take the van any time we were tired. You could take the van and then decide to ride later in that same day.
I was busy for the entire trip and didn’t miss the TV or Radio, except for the weather reports.
If you have some time prior or after the trip, the Antietam battlefield is worth seeing.

Charles from Cullman, AL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/01/14 - 06/06/14
The Road Scholar program I recently attended was as advertised. Accommodations and food were great, evening programs were very informative and daily activities were led by well informed leaders in a very organized and safe manner.

Mickey from Concord, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/01/14 - 06/06/14
This was a fantastic, exceptionally well-organized and well-planned program. The ride itself was gorgeous, following the varying terrain of the C&O canal itself, as well as the Potomac River. The trail was well maintained, save for the inevitable mud puddles after rainfall. Our volunteer leaders were dedicated, patient and attentive, and overall we had a great group of people participating. I would highly recommend this program to anyone in reasonably good physical condition and average cycling ability.

Barbara from Tucson, AZ Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 06/01/14 - 06/06/14
Correction: We miss riding the last mile or so due parking the van. We were kinda just parked under some bridge and had to hurry to get bikes loaded and beat rush hour traffic. In hind sight RS should of parked the van up stream in a less congested area then we could of rode to the very end, then ride back to van.

Mark from Tucson, AZ Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 06/01/14 - 06/06/14
RS and Shepherds Springs were great. It was dorm living at night with dining hall that was fan fantastic. Food was all home made. They would take special orders if you have diet restrictions. We pedaled the C/O cannel from end to end.
Mark Barb

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5 nights of accommodations
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