Biking the C&O Canal Towpath
Bike the historic C&O Canal Towpath with experts, exploring Harpers Ferry, tasting regional cuisine and learning about the nation’s early history.
Program No. 13306RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal provides 185 miles of beautiful, tree-lined towpath for biking. Led by experts, each day bike a new segment of the trail, ranging from 15-30 miles. Follow the path of the canal westward from Washington, D.C., to Cumberland, Md., on a memorable ride through the nation’s early history. Enjoy evening lectures on the canal's history.
Activity Level
Moderately Challenging
Biking 15-30 miles daily on generally flat, unpaved trail. Sag wagons / vans available. Participants should be active cyclists, but everyone is encouraged to go at their own pace.Bicycles, helmets and mechanical assistance provided.
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn more about the C&O Canal at the Canal Place Museum in Cumberland at the terminus of the canal.
  • Experience the nearly mile-long Paw Paw Tunnel, one of the amazing engineering wonders of the canal.
  • Walk around historic Harper's Ferry following the steps of John Brown and his Raiders and more.

General Notes

This program runs in conjunction with “Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park: A Walker’s Paradise” (#2206). You will join with these participants upon Orientation, and mealtimes and evening lectures will be shared. All daytime activities will be with your smaller group.
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Randy Anderson
Randy Anderson has lived his entire life in or near Williamsport, Md., which is at roughly mile 100 of the 185-mile C&O Canal Towpath. A train enthusiast, he has photographed in the Williamsport area extensively, using the same angles as historical photos of trains and the C&O Canal. Randy's multi-screen presentation allows us to simultaneously see the historical and present-day sites.
Karen Gray
Randy Anderson
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