United States · April 2024 - October 2024

C&O Canal Towpath 4-day Tour

Ride America's early transportation history - Cumberland to D.C.

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Overview

The Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath is a 4-days and 185 miles of great history and is a popular self-guided biking route from Cumberland, MD. to Washington, DC. It also connects with the Great Allegheny Passage for those wanting a longer bike tour. The C&O Towpath is a dirt surface which makes it a less smooth surface that is managed by the National Park Service. This path is on the North side of the Potomac River and was used to transport coal from the Allegheny Mountains from 1831 to 1924. The shaded non-vehicle path has a slightly downhill grade from West to East for most of the trail. The trail leads through many Civil War-era National Parks and battlefields, stone dams and turn of the century homes. This tour is for 4 riding days and 3 nights of lodging. It includes your lodging, breakfast, Ride with GPS mapping, our App with all the information about the trail, towns, restaurants and lodging, and your GAP themed t-shirt. You can also purchase a shuttle from Georgetown/DC to Cumberland at the end of your tour, the shuttle is not included in your tour pricing. Our tours start on Wednesday, but if you would like to start another day of the week, just send in an Inquiry and let us know the dates you would like to tour.

Schedule

4-day C&O Towpath Trail Itinerary

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Day 1

Cumberland to Little Orleans (43 miles)

Park in Cumberland then head out and you will ride through the Paw Paw Tunnel (bring your light!) which is a highlight of today's ride.  If you have rentals, go to Wheelzup Adventures to pick up your bike.

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Day 2

Little Orleans to Williamsport (41 miles)

Today you can choose to ride the C&O all day or take a the paved Maryland Scenic Rail Trail which parallels the towpath just west of Hancock and then take a short detour to Fort Frederick. Stop in the town of Hancock for lunch before ending in Williamsport

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Day 3

Williamsport to Brunswick (45 miles)

The Big Slackwater section is very unique on the towpath as you ride on a cantilevered concrete path above the Potomac River.  Then you will be near Shepherdstown, WV and Sharpsburg, VA, the location of Antietam National Battlefield in the Civil War.  You will then be near Harper's Ferry - look for bridge to cross - and see the National Park Service exhibit, shops and historic location, which is across from the trail

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Day 4

Brunswick to DC (55 miles)

Your last day on the trail heading to Washington DC.  Be sure to stop in at the Brunswick Railroad Museum before heading out.  You will then pass White's Ferry, the last operating cable ferry on the Potomac.  Then you can look over the edge at Great Falls before entering Georgetown where you will be picked up for your return to Cumberland.

Accommodation

1 Queen Bed - 2 people

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Add Ons

Shuttle from Georgetown (DC) to Cumberland - up to 2 people

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Luggage Shuttle - up to 2 bags

40# or less

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Extra Luggage Shuttle Bag 3rd+ bag

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Hybrid Bike Rental

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E-bike Rental

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Bike Drop Off - Washington

If you don't shuttle back to Cumberland - per bike

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Hotel in Cumberland, MD before tour

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Dates

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24 - 27 April 2024

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01 - 04 May 2024

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08 - 11 May 2024

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15 - 18 May 2024

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22 - 25 May 2024

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29 May - 01 June 2024

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05 - 08 June 2024

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C&O Canal Towpath 4-day Tour

United States · April 2024 - October 2024 · 3 nights

FROM$600.00/pp

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