The Pedalshift Guide to Bicycling the C&O Canal

The Chesapeake and Ohio National Historic Park is a bike touring paradise. Perhaps the skinniest of land run by the National Park Service, this ribbon of trail connects Washington, DC to Cumberland, MD over the course of 184.5 winding miles of trail. Bicycling the C&O Canal multiple times every year means I’ve been able to collect tons of information for your next trip here! This page is a work in progress and is nowhere near complete. Stay tuned for more information and updates.

Latest update: March 2017

Segments

Washington, DC – Capital Beltway (MM0-MM9)

Capital Beltway – Great Falls (MM9-MM20)

Great Falls – Edwards Ferry/Leesburg (MM20-MM30)

Edwards Ferry/Leesburg – Dickerson (MM30-MM40)

Dickerson – Point of Rocks (MM40-MM50)

Point of Rocks – Harpers Ferry (MM50-MM60)

Harpers Ferry – Antietam/Shepherdstown (MM60-MM70)

Antietam/Shepherdstown – Taylors Landing (MM70-MM80)

Taylors Landing – Opequon Junction (MM80 – MM90)

Opequon Junction – Williamsport (MM90 – MM100)

Williamsport – Ft. Frederick (MM100-MM110)

Ft. Frederick – Hancock (MM110-MM120)

Hancock – Leopards Mill (MM120-MM130)

Leopards Mill – Little Orleans (MM130-MM140)

Little Orleans – Stickpile Hill (MM140-MM150)

Stickpile Hill-Paw Paw (MM150-MM160)

Paw Paw – Pigmans Ferry (MM160-MM170)

Pigmans Ferry – Cumberland (MM170-MM184.5)

CAMPSITE REVIEWS + INFO

Reviews and pictures coming soon. I’ll be evaluating each of the 30+ official hiker/biker sites based on:

  • Physical location
  • Access to vehicle parking (for good and for bad)
  • Noise
  • Beauty
  • River access (for good and for bad)
  • Proximity to resources in nearby trail towns
  • Relative cell phone signal strength
  • Any other relevant factors unique to the site

These are the 31 free hiker/biker sites on the C&O. You see video and listen to my reviews for each of the 31 on the Pedalshift YouTube page, or right here:

 

For rules and more, check out the camping page on the C&O NHP website.

FIELD NOTES

Coming soon… audio and more on interesting aspects of the C&O.