Bike the Entire C&O Canal: A Distinctive National Park
Travel through the Paw Paw tunnel, enjoy a lock demonstration, see the Great Falls on the Potomac and explore historic towns as you bike the 185-mile C&O Canal Towpath.
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Program No. 18629RJ
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This is an extremely active program on rugged terrain and can be very muddy with rain. The food is wonderful at Shepherd's Spring, the facility is very nice and the staff is great. Nice scenery along the canal and a lot of history in the area which is very nicely presented. If you like a physical challenge and lots of bike riding, you will love this program. The bikes were great, provided by Wilderness Voyageurs..


If you're used to biking only on paved trails, you will find this ride to be hard work. But the support is provided to help you achieve your goals.


The leader and support staff were great. Joan was so positive and kept us motivated even on the longest ride. We had a wonderful day to see Great Falls. And we always had a wonderful evening meal to enjoy at the end of the day.


The C and O trail is one of if not the best Road Scholar programs I have been involved in.


Great Ride Great Scenery Great Guides


This was an excellent program...great rides on a great path...challenging program but worthwhile...can't wait to do another program with roadscholar (this was our fifth and we are already enrolled in 2 more!)

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Wonderful experience. This was my first Road Scholar trip and I guarantee, it will not be my last. I was a little nervous at first, since it was rated 'challenging'. I am in pretty good shape so I was hoping for the best. The description of the activity level was very accurate. They kept us busy every day. The leaders of our ride 'Joan' & 'Jeff' were outstanding. The kept the pace of the ride at a level that made the trip enjoyable to everyone. The staff at the facility were equally outstanding, Rick, Larry, & Heather. Probably the biggest surprise of the entire trip was the food. Chef Tom turned what I thought would be "summer camp food" into one of the finest gourmet dinning experiences I've ever had the pleasure of eating. It seemed like everyday got better and better. The facility was modest but very clean. Being my first trip I didn't know what the social interaction with the other riders would be. I can't believe what a fantastic group of interesting people I met during this trip. I had a chance to talk with every person on the trip and everyone was so friendly. We left exchanging email addresses and promising to let the others know when we would be taking future trips. I would love to see all of these people again some day. If you are on the fence about taking a Road Scholar trip, don't be. Do it, you won't regret it!


Great trip! Although the participants had a moderate range of biking experience, trip is geared to increase distance from 30 miles/day to more than 60. The leaders ensured that no one was pushed or felt like they were holding the trip up. Evening lectures were informative and entertaining. All the participants were very friendly. There were many opportunities to bike leisurely of push hard and to ride with one or two others at a conversational pace or ride alone at a more meditative pace. Well worth the expense.


Every thing about the program was wonderful, except the bike. i would recommend you bring your own bike.

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