C and O Canal Hiker/Biker Campsites From Swain’s Lock to Killiansburg Cave

Potomac, Maryland

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There are 32 tent-only hiker-biker campsites along the canal, located roughly every 5 miles. The H/B sites are limited to one night per site. This can be an annoyance for a lot of people, as it requires breaking down and cleaning up daily. However, it creates a great situation for people who want to hike, bike, or boat their way along a segment of the river and canal. The hiker-biker sites are often physically indistinguishable from one another, so determining which one you want comes down to location.
Best Tent Camping: Maryland

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Best Tent Camping: Maryland

by Evan Balkan (Menasha Ridge Press)

There are 32 tent-only hiker-biker campsites along the canal, located roughly every 5 miles. The H/B sites are limited to one night per site. This can be an annoyance for a lot of people, as it requires breaking down and cleaning up daily.

However, it creates a great situation for people who want to hike, bike, or boat their way along a segment of the river and canal. The hiker-biker sites are often physically indistinguishable from one another, so determining which one you want comes down to location.

© 2016 Evan Balkan/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Potomac
Campsites: 10
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Boat Launch, Boating, Hiking, Biking
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: 301-739-4200 nps.gov/choh
Fees per Night: Free
Facilities: Varies by site; see text
Driving Directions: Directions to C & O Canal: Hiker/Biker Campsites From Swain’s Lock to Killiansburg Cave

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