23836
Maryland

Choose Your Pace: Biking C&O Canal National Historic Park

Take a ride into the past as you bike the best parts of the C&O Canal, delving into Civil War sites, cycling through Paw Paw’s Tunnel and discovering historic towns along the trails.
Program No. 23836RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
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At a Glance

Built In the mid-1800s, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal is a national historic park filled with verdant forests, stone bridges and 185 miles of trails just begging to be explored. Immerse yourself in this unique section of Americana as you bike through the most stunning sections of the C&O Towpath. Wind your way through the Potomac River Basin to learn about the local flora and fauna, and delve deep into the region’s Civil War history as you ride along the beautiful relics of this engineering wonder.
Activity Level
Choose Your Pace
Choose between 15 to 30 mile excursions daily on mostly level, unpaved terrain of the historic C&O Canal scenic towpath. Mountain/Trail Bikes 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 ...

  • Explore Civil War landmarks such as Antietam Civil War Battlefield and Fort Frederick State Park.
  • Learn about the local medicinal and edible plants from an expert and keep an eye out for them on your rides.
  • Study the geography of Potomac and the C&O Canal while biking through the National Park.
Featured Expert
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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.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Karen Gray
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Randy Anderson
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Ben Skroban
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