Great Falls of the Potomac and CandO Canal National Historical Park, MD

Potomac, Maryland

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About 15 miles northwest of Washington, DC, is a series of picturesque falls and rapids. At Great Falls the Potomac River roars through a rocky cataract, dropping more than 50 feet to a narrow gorge. Pack our picnic cooler and wear your hiking shoes and comfortable clothing for this trip to the C&O Canal. Get ready for a nature-loving departure from sophisticated shopping and stately mansions. Enjoy your favorite form of getting next to nature: walking, biking, hiking, or camping. Beginning at the Maryland side of the Potomac River in Georgetown, the canal extends for 184 miles to Cumberland, Maryland. Along the way it passes many sites of natural beauty and historical value. Locks and lockhouses, dams, aqueducts, mule barns, and remnants of once-thriving communities remind us of almost a century of active canal traffic. This eTrail from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Baltimore. Each Day Trip includes destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping.
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Day Trips from Baltimore

by Gwyn Walcoff & Bob Willis (The Globe Pequot Press)

About 15 miles northwest of Washington, DC, is a series of picturesque falls and rapids. At Great Falls the Potomac River roars through a rocky cataract, dropping more than 50 feet to a narrow gorge. Pack our picnic cooler and wear your hiking shoes and comfortable clothing for this trip to the C&O Canal. Get ready for a nature-loving departure from sophisticated shopping and stately mansions. Enjoy your favorite form of getting next to nature: walking, biking, hiking, or camping. Beginning at the Maryland side of the Potomac River in Georgetown, the canal extends for 184 miles to Cumberland, Maryland.

Along the way it passes many sites of natural beauty and historical value. Locks and lockhouses, dams, aqueducts, mule barns, and remnants of once-thriving communities remind us of almost a century of active canal traffic. This eTrail from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Baltimore. Each Day Trip includes destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping.

©  Gwyn Walcoff & Bob Willis/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Potomac
Duration: One day to several days
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Great Falls of the Potomac and C&O Canal National Historical Park, MD

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