C&O Canal Towpath Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"A leisurely stroll will take you from historic Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, over the Potomac River into Maryland for a nice walk along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath. The canal once provided a means to bypass the rapids on the Potomac River, which had blocked the flow of goods. The towpath served as a vital link connecting towns along the Potomac with Washington, D.C. Built in the late 1700s and early 1800s, it ran 185 miles from Cumberland, Maryland, to Georgetown, on the edge of the nation’s capital. The hike is listed as a 5.4-mile round-trip, but that takes you to the A.T.’s other junction with the towpath.
It is only 0.25 mile from Harpers Ferry to the towpath itself, and round-trip hikes as short as 0.5 mile are possible. This is a good area to stretch your legs and enjoy a walk along the river. Hike as much of the towpath as you like, leaving time for the return trip."