Berma Road to CandO Canal Towpath

Potomac, Maryland

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Berma Road and the towpath are part of the 184-mile trail system in Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. Both are located in the Great Falls region of the park. An old trolley rail bed, the Berma Road was used in the early 1900s by residents in Washington, DC, who wanted to escape to the country for respite and recreation. Today, it is a multiuse trail connecting the Cropley parking lot to three compact soil trails and the towpath along the C&O Canal via the stop gate. Berma Road is a wide, shady, and level 1.4-mile trail made of crushed stone.
Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond

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Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond

by Jennifer Chambers (The Mountaineers Books)

Berma Road and the towpath are part of the 184-mile trail system in Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. Both are located in the Great Falls region of the park.

An old trolley rail bed, the Berma Road was used in the early 1900s by residents in Washington, DC, who wanted to escape to the country for respite and recreation. Today, it is a multiuse trail connecting the Cropley parking lot to three compact soil trails and the towpath along the C&O Canal via the stop gate. Berma Road is a wide, shady, and level 1.4-mile trail made of crushed stone.

© 2014 Jennifer Chambers /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Potomac
Distance: 3.0
Elevation Gain: 249 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 1.5-2 hours
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Swimming
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (charges a fee)
Local Maps: Available at the visitor center and on the park’s website
Driving Directions: Directions to Berma Road to C&O Canal Towpath

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