Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park: A Walker's Paradise
Walk the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park, discovering Civil War history, grand feats of engineering, historic Harpers Ferry and regional culture and cuisine.
Program No. 2206RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Walk through history and beauty, as you journey alongside the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park, adjacent to the Potomac River. Join noted educators as you explore the rivalry between canals and trains, natural science history and the canal’s role during the Civil War. Experts lead you through marvels of engineering, modes of 19th- and 20th-century transportation and on a walking field trip through Civil War towns and America’s first multi-use trail.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Walking up to four miles daily on level ground.
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 ...

  • From the impressive Weverton cliffs to historic Harper's Ferry, journey through Civil War history.
  • Relive the canal heyday in historic Great Falls, MD on the Potomac River, as well as engineering feats like the Monocacy Aqueduct and Paw Paw Tunnel.
  • Discover the rich history and legacy of the canal at the C&O and Canawlers Museums and marvel at the natural and man-made beauty.

General Notes

This program runs in conjunction with #13306. You will join with these participants for orientation, mealtimes and evening lectures. 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.
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Karen Gray
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Randy Anderson
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Colleen Clark
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Paul McDermott
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