This is the towpath at its most classic… remote for most of the stretch, but not outside of the comforts of cell towers and other touches of civilization if its necessary. Wildlife along this portion of the trail tends to make an appearance regardless of season, largely due to the fact that fewer humans patrol this stretch compared to the parts closer to Harpers Ferry or DC’s suburbs.

The highlight of this section is Monocacy Aqueduct, rebuilt from flood-aided destruction in 2005.  It still has that “seems newer than it should” feel, but it’s always a pleasure to ride through. Be sure to stop and take a few pictures or linger for the views of the river. On many nice days you might spot small boats with anglers trying to catch an elusive fish.

Point of Rocks, Maryland is a good stop for a snack at Deli on the Rocks, especially if you’re craving something more than that bar or trail mix in your handlebar bag. The fries are legit. I mean, so I hear…


MM 42.5 Indian Flats

MM 47.6 Calico Rocks