Hiking and Biking
Hiking and biking along the towpath are excellent ways to see the park. Hiker-Biker Campsites are located from Swain's Lock to Cumberland. Several park areas have interpretive trails and other hiking opportunities.
If you plan on leaving a vehicle overnight at a Canal Parking Area, you must register your car through the online system found here. If you are unable to print the permit, you must visit a visitor center for a pass to put on your dashboard.
For bike rental information click here.
Bicycle riding is permitted only on the towpath. The surface of the towpath is for the most part an even hard-packed dirt trail. The towpath can be very muddy following heavy rain. Bicyclists should carry tools for repairs. All hikers and bikers must yield the right of way to horses and mules.
Please follow these basic biking regulations:
Helmets required in accordance with county ordinances. Children under the age of 16 required to wear helmets. Please note: Potable water may not be available at each hiker/biker campsite. Please plan to bring water purification tablets with you.
· Bring water and food