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
Outdoor: Spirited
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
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, an amazing feat of engineering.
  • 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 #2206. Join these participants for orientation, mealtimes and evening lectures. Daytime activities will be with your smaller group. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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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.
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Karen Gray
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Randy Anderson
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Paul McDermott
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