C and O Canal Towpath Great Falls to Old Angler’s Inn with Olmsted Island

Potomac, Maryland 20859

C and O Canal Towpath Great Falls to Old Angler’s Inn with Olmsted Island

C & O Canal Towpath: Great Falls to Old Angler’s Inn with Olmsted Island Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Scenery, exercise, and glimpses of history—the C&O Canal Towpath has it all, and it is almost completely level. This close-in segment in Montgomery County features a waterfall, a visitor center, and a towpath used by mules to pull barges in the 1700s.

After parking, find your way to the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center to check out the museum and get a map. Rangers are usually available to answer questions about the hiking trails. Originally, in the 1820s, the building was a lockhouse where canal operators lowered and raised the locks for canal boats carrying coal upstream from Maryland’s western counties south to Georgetown."

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Trail Information

Potomac
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
5.4 miles
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
3 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Waterfalls
Features
Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, open 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 301-767-3714; nps.gov/grfa. 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
Local Contacts
National Park Service, tinyurl.com/candomap
Local Maps
Trail can be slippery when wet or icy.
Restrictions
Water, woodlands, thundering waterfalls
Attractions

Activity Feed

Dec 2018