Visiting Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Park in Maryland, United States
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park is a United States National Historical Park located in the District of Columbia and the states of Maryland and West Virginia.
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Great Falls National Park, Maryland Side Walking Trail and C&O Canal, 12-25-2011
Great Falls National Park, Maryland Side Walking Trail and C&O Canal, 12-25-2011. Christmas Day
C&O Canal Montgomery County Maryland
The C&O Canal is one of the country's great national treasures. And luckily for residents here, it travels the entire southeastern border of Montgomery County.
The canal is easily one of our favorite places here. When you're on the towpath, you feel like you're in the middle of wilderness - far away from one of the country's biggest metropolitan areas. It's an amazing recreation area with a fascinating history.
The C&O canal starts in Georgetown. When construction kicked-off in 1828, the original plan was to build a smooth ribbon of flat water all the way to Pittsburgh - 460 miles away. Ultimately - unforgiving terrain, engineering challenges, floods and the rise of the railroad reduced it to 184 miles ending in Cumberland, Maryland.
The canal was left to neglect in the 1920s and was constantly threatened by road projects and development. It took the hard work of many preservationists and a supreme court justice to help the public appreciate just how special this place is.
Now, as a national park, the canal is perfect for a run, family walk, fishing, bike rides and more. There's a lot to see at Great Falls in Potomac - the Great Falls Tavern, a working barge, and the actual Great Falls on the Potomac River. From here you can also access one of our area's very best hikes - the Billy Goat Trail.
There's other access points to the canal all along the Clara Barton Parkway, Macarthur Blvd and River Road. The scenery and vistas change throughout the canal in Montgomery County, so you're always rewarded by checking out different locks. It's a pretty awesome place that's worth visiting as often as you can.
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C&O National Historical Park
Here is a film that was created for a C&O Canal visitor center. It shows the beauty of the Canal and all the different aspects of the 184.5 miles of the canal! If you can't make it to the park here is a great representation!
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The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park is a United States National Historical Park located in the District of Columbia and the states of Maryland and West Virginia. The park was established as a National Monument in 1961 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in order to preserve the neglected remains of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal along the Potomac River along with many of the original canal structures. The canal and towpath trail extends from Georgetown, Washington, D.C. to Cumberland, Maryland, a distance of 184.5 miles (296.9 km), and was designated as the first section of U.S. Bicycle Route 50 on October 23, 2013.
Construction on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (also known as the Grand Old Ditch or the C&O Canal) began in 1828 but was not completed until 1850.:1 Even then, the canal fell far short of its intended destination of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Instead, the canal terminated at Cumberland for a total distance of approximately 184.5 miles. Occasionally there was talk of continuing the canal, e.g. in 1874, an 8.4 mile long tunnel was proposed to go through the Allegheny Mountains, and there was a tunnel built to connect with the Pennsylvania canal. Even though the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) beat the canal to Cumberland, having arrived eight years earlier, the canal was not entirely obsolete. It wasn't until the mid 1870s that through improved technology, specifically with larger locomotives and air brakes, the railroad was able to set rates lower than the canal, sealing its fate.
C&O Trail Bike Trip (Cumberland MD to Fort Frederick State Park)
Video log of my solo bike camping trip on part of the C&O towpath trail in 2012.
Ignaci Kuczynski & Relatives, C&O Canal National Historical Park, 1954
Ignaci Kuczynski, his grandson James W. Kocot, Jr., his daughter Anna May Mozzer and her husband Alexander, and their daughter Alanna, at C&O Canal National Historical Park, Maryland, 1954. Another woman in the footage may be Ignaci's daughter Sophie Kuczynski. Silent regular 8mm film by Alexander J. Mozzer (my father).
Historic Paw Paw Tunnel Hiking Adventure! C&O Canal National Park
This is a video I put together on 4/26/2017 while hiking the C&O Canal Tow path near and at the historic Paw Paw Tunnel.
The Paw Paw Tunnel is a 3,118-foot-long (950 m) canal tunnel on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (C&O) in Allegany County, Maryland. Located near Paw Paw, West Virginia, it was built to bypass the Paw Paw Bends, a six-mile (9.7 km) stretch of the Potomac River containing five horseshoe-shaped bends. The town, the bends, and the tunnel take their name from the pawpaw trees that grow prolifically along nearby ridges.
The project began in 1836 with scheduled completion in two years, but there were many difficulties in the process of construction. The construction company seriously underestimated the difficulty of the job, violence frequently broke out between immigrant laborers of different ethnicities, and wages were often unpaid due to the company's financial problems. The tunnel was finally completed but it nearly bankrupted the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company. The lengthy construction and high cost forced the company to end canal construction at Cumberland, Maryland, in 1850, rather than continue to Pittsburgh as originally planned.
The tunnel was used by canal boats until the C&O closed in 1924. The tunnel and towpath are now maintained for public use as part of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. Though never one of the longest tunnels in the world, Paw Paw Tunnel remains one of the greatest engineering feats of its day. I hope you enjoy this adventure as much as I did! Definitely worth checking out if your ever in the area. Located in Oldtown, Maryland.
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The Grand Old Ditch: Life Along Maryland's C&O Canal
This 10-minute documentary short delves into both the history of the C&O canal and the lives of those who lived on it.
C&O Canal Lock 75, Cumberland, Maryland
While traveling west on the scenic byway, Maryland Rt. 51, enjoying the amazing beauty of rolling wooded hills, farmlands, the rows of round bales of hay, horses, cows, sheep and dark green fields of young crops of corn, eventually we needed to find a rest stop. Coincidental to the urgency of our needs, we came upon an open area with a small gravel parking lot, one Porta Potty and a sign that read Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Lock 75. After relieving ourselves, we explored the restored canal site and lock house, and walked a short distance down the C&O trail, recording this video along the way.
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park at Hancock, Maryland
This shows the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and the C & O Canal National Historical Park as well as the Potomac River at the Little Tonoloway Recreation Area of said Park in Hancock, Maryland, on May 21, 2018. The Park extends the entire length of the Canal from Georgetown in Washington, D.C. all the way to Cumberland, Maryland.
C&O canal at Great Falls, MD
Periscope Rewind Hiking the C&O Canal into Georgetown
Took a walk down the Canal then up the Exorcist Steps into Georgetown's campus before getting lost in the woods
JTMP to Host Tour De Frack at Lockhouse 6 - C&O Canal Historic Park Towpath
JTMP meets up with Jason Bell at Lockhouse 6 on the C&O Canal towpath, where we ill be hosting them for the final leg of the Tour De Frack, with their arrival on July 27, 2012 in Cabin John, Maryland, and the DC area.
Maryland side of Great Falls
Georgetown Heritage C&O Canal Boat Tow Out
The Georgetown canal boat provided fun and educational tours to school groups and tourists for nearly 30 years, before being decommissioned in 2011 due to extensive damage. In 2016, Georgetown Heritage and the Park Service removed the old boat in preparation for the first phase of canal restoration work. Georgetown Heritage received a grant from the District of Columbia to fund the design and construction of a new boat, which will be delivered in Spring 2020.
Visit georgetownheritage.org for more.
Biking the C&O Canal Towpath: Day 1 (Canal Place, Paw Paw Tunnel, Hancock)
The C&O Canal Towpath is 185 miles of historic trail between Cumberland, Md., and Washington, D.C. Ride along with Bike-the-GAP.com ( on Day 1 of the C&O Towpath self-guided tour, taking riders from Cumberland to Hancock.
Day 1 includes a start at Canal Place where the towpath meets the #greatalleghenypassage, scenic biking alongside the canal, the Paw Paw Tunnel, ending at Hancock, Md. We also include advice on what is the best bike for traveling the C&O and what to expect on the trail.
Visit bike-the-gap.com read about our self-guided tour packages.
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C&O Canal National Historical Park, Fall 2017
Bike ride and historical visit in Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park with sis and brother in law.
Hiking Maryland Heights - Harpers Ferry National Historic Park
Maryland Heights is a great Washington, DC, metro area hike, located just outside historic Harpers Ferry, WV. Those who choose this trail are rewarded with a spectacular view of Harpers Ferry, and the confluence of the Shenandoah River into the Potomac River. The trail passes through several Civil War historic sites, which have been well marked by the National Park Service. Whether you do the entire circuit or just the overlook trail, this hike is has plenty to offer, but don't expect solitude as this trail system is well used throughout the year.
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