C and O Canal Towpath Old Angler’s Inn to Carderock Recreation Area

Potomac, Maryland

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The C & O Canal Towpath offers multiple sections of trails, each with its own unique features. Here, the dynamic rock faces at Carderock are a favorite place for local climbers, and this section is one of the best urban cliff areas in the eastern United States. Old Angler’s Inn is a historic restaurant and is a popular meeting place for kayakers who launch here. The hike begins across the canal from Old Angler’s Inn, a restaurant with a storied history. In a little less than a mile, you’ll come upon Marsden Bridge at the entrance to Marsden Tract Campground. This is a recreation area with multiple campsites used by Scout troops and local groups. After that, the thick brush opens up on the riverside, and you’ll catch glimpses of the huge rock faces that attract rock-climbing enthusiasts from all over.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC

by Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper (Menasha Ridge Press)

The C & O Canal Towpath offers multiple sections of trails, each with its own unique features. Here, the dynamic rock faces at Carderock are a favorite place for local climbers, and this section is one of the best urban cliff areas in the eastern United States. Old Angler’s Inn is a historic restaurant and is a popular meeting place for kayakers who launch here.

The hike begins across the canal from Old Angler’s Inn, a restaurant with a storied history. In a little less than a mile, you’ll come upon Marsden Bridge at the entrance to Marsden Tract Campground. This is a recreation area with multiple campsites used by Scout troops and local groups. After that, the thick brush opens up on the riverside, and you’ll catch glimpses of the huge rock faces that attract rock-climbing enthusiasts from all over.

© 2017 Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper /Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Walking
Nearby City: Potomac
Distance: 4.7 miles
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Boating, Camping
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: Old Angler’s Inn, open 11:30 a.m.– 2:30 p.m. and 5:30–9:30 p.m.; 301-365-2425 oldanglersinn.com. Carderock Recreation Area, 301-767-3703, nps.gov/choh
Local Maps: National Park Service, tinyurl.com/candomap
Attractions: Water, woodlands
Driving Directions: Directions to C & O Canal Towpath: Old Angler’s Inn to Carderock Recreation Area

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