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C&O Canal Tour
Tour Location
Washington, DC
Cumberland, MD
Tour Information
3 days
Off Road (MTB only)
Tour Language:
Cost From:
USD 525
Tour Distance & Dates
184 Miles
Tour Operator:
Get Out and Go Tours

C&O Canal Tour

3 Days Easy-Moderate 184 MLS

Construction began on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal in 1828, the same year as the B&O Railroad was begun. The railroad won the race to the west, beating the canal to the Ohio Valley by 8 years. The 184-mile canal cost $22 million, and includes 74 lift locks, and 11 stone aqueducts over Potomac tributaries. The first canal boat to travel end-to-end along the canal did so in 1850, more than 150 years before us. The canal was used commercially until 1924 when floods destroyed it for the second time. The towpath, although no longer used to transport tobacco, furs, iron ore, and other goods, is currently maintained as a National Park with trip highlights including historic Harpers Ferry, Kilian’s Cave (and others), and the Paw Paw tunnel. The ride into Cumberland is spectacular, as the mountains open to a wide valley.
Map; extensive cue and Canal historical fact booklet; custom luggage tags; tour guides; 2 breakfasts, 3 large picnic style lunches, 2 full (or buffet) dinners; snacks; various drinks; baggage shuttle between hotels; periodic vehicular support along trail; and chartered return transportation from Cumberland, MD to starting location.
4 and 5 day tours also available from $650 and $900 respectively
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